Don’t live with regrets, or worse still at the end of your life you wished you had done more.
I was reminded of Bronnie Ware, who was an Australian nurse and worked in palliative care many years. I first heard of her a few years ago, however, recently I came across her book, and how the book got written.
As she cared for the terminally ill, she saw that these people had amazing clarity of vision toward as the neared the end of their lives. She recorded the thoughts of her patients in a book which she called The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying. Part of her inspiration in writing this book was that we all may learn from and avoid making the same mistakes, regrets ourselves.
It is also very interesting that I got reminded of this book and the stories in it. With life we often get priorities confused, and we often put work commitments and other proprieties before our personal lives or families.
I heard a story of a person meeting her friend for coffee. it was regular thing they met every few weeks, it was their catch-up time with each other. On one occasion this lady had to reschedule the coffee appointment due to work commitments, before she could catch up for their re-schedule coffee, her friend passed away. She admitted she regrets having missed that coffee appointment and not having her catch up.
How many times have you put something off, or put work first, and in hindsight you have a regretted the decision?
When you look at the 5 Top Regrets, do any of them resonate with you? If so, you have the power to start making changes. At some stage we have all made decisions that we have regretted, and we do have the choice and power to make changes.
The 5 Top Regrets were:-
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I’d let myself be happier.
I help woman to discover what they want in life. I give them the courage, confidence and empowerment to achieve what they want. Lives transform and they are now experiencing more joy, love and happiness.