The Guardian (1 February 2012) published an important article called “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”
The items mentioned were compiled by a palliative nurse caring for patients at end of life.
The list is a wake up call for many of us who work hard, but in the process perhaps forget the most important aspects of life are the people we love and the pursuit of opportunities to really be ourselves and achieve our purpose.
Here is the list of top 5 things you can do different in your life before it passes you by:
1. Be your true self–“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
– Ask yourself what are your dreams and how can you make them happen!
2. Work less–“I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”
– Ask yourself are you living to work or working to live?
3. Express yourself–“I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”
– Ask yourself if you’ve told significant others how you really feel and genuinely worked things out with them.
4. Maintain relationships–“I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends”
– Ask yourself have you been generous with your time, emotions, and material things with family, friends, and others important to you?
5. Seek out opportunities for happiness–“I wish that I had let myself be happier.”
– Ask yourself what does happiness even really mean to you and how can you find it amidst the daily grind.
Life is always too short and everyone makes mistakes and has regrets–that’s part of being human, learning, and growing.
But if we can get our priorities straights and set clear goals, perhaps we can leave the world with less bitterness and more fulfillment in lives granted and well spent.
(Source Photo: here with Attribution to Raspberries1)