I came across this wonderful book by Bronnie Ware that I had to share: The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book.
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish that I had let myself be happier.
As I read this list, it’s interesting to me that as I’ve lived my life, it seems like I’ve had to learn each one of these tips at some point.
#2 and #5 in particular still give me a challenge but at least now I can keep in mind this wonderful reminder and change my behavior when I become aware I’m slipping into old unwanted patterns – because if there’s one thing that’s important to me in my life is to not die with REGRETS!
Which of Bonnie’s 5 tips speak to you?
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