Monday, December 8, 2014

Living -- and dying -- with no regrets

Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who spent several years providing palliative care to persons in their last three months of life, has compiled a list of the five most common regrets that she observed among the dying:

  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 had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish I let myself be happier. (Susie Steiner, "Top five regrets of the dying," The Guardian, 1 February 2012)
If you were to die today, what would you regret? If you don't die today (hopefully you won't!), what will you do or change so that when you do die (a fate that comes to all of us), you will not die with that regret?

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