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1, Jul 24, 2012

How not to have these regrets

Filed under: Life — admin @ 12:32 am

I read this article a few weeks ago –“Top five regrets of the dying” written by Bronnie Ware, a hospice nurse. She listed the most common regrets of the dying patients. The article was posted on her Inspiration an Chai website. The top five regrets are:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
In other words, most people don’t have the courage to live a life true to him/herself. That is a rather sad case as you think of the fact that we got only one life to live.

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
That is to say, people have worked too hard and have let life go by without enjoying it.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Does it mean most people have concealed instead of expressing their feelings?

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
By the end of the day, friends make it to the list.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Think of this, most people don’t think they have had a happy life.

The author ends with these words “Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.”

The list of regrets reveals things that people care most by the end of their lives and things that truly makes people happy. It is not surprising that people, having too much of “eat, drink, smoke, or even sex,” care more about something spiritual and emotional, that is, their unfulfilled dreams, lost friends, and being true to themselves.

Now, the question is how not to have these regrets.

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