One of the characteristics of the writings of Miyamoto Musashi is the practical, no regrets style that is often visible in the works of those influenced by Zen and Buddhism. Like all of us, he was a flawed human being who made plenty of mistakes. He was also a ronin samurai who often went against the grain of even his contemporaries.
Yet his writings never reflect back on mistakes of the past, any sense of melancholy or regret for his philosophy and his choices. In kind, the actions of his life give evidence to a man who forged ahead regardless of what life threw at him.
“There is little productivity in regretting the missed steps of the past, the lost opportunities or the unrealized fortunes. Yet if we choose, those experiences can provide powerful lessons and wisdom to better prepare us to see and seize excellence in the present and the future. “