Ever wondered what are the 5 most common regrets in our lives?
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who worked in palliative care for many years.
During their last weeks, her close relationships with her patients, resulted in very intimate conversations and gave rise to wisdom for living a fulfilled life.
Bronnie honors the requests of some of her dearly loved patients by passing this wisdom on to you, in her book…
I do love knowing that every single one of Bronnie’s patients found their peace before they departed. Every one of them.
Perhaps you might want to find some of that peace for yourself, and a lot sooner than end of life.
Make a few positive changes in your own life, by taking a good look into these next 5 areas.
Live a life that’s true to you
Check in with what’s happening in your life, right now.
Are you living a life others expected? Are you truly choosing your own?
What are the dreams that you have for your life which are still unfulfilled, with which you can begin taking forward steps today.
Apparently, this was the most common regret of all.
Place less focus on working so hard
How can you simplify your life?
Make more conscious choices about how you spend the majority of your time?
You really can live on much less money than you believe.
You may find that many relationships will then be raised to a more authentic level.
Perhaps it will simply release toxic relationships from your life.
You’ll never control how others react. You can only control your own responses to situations and conversations that present themselves.
Over time, bottling up your true feelings can potentially even lead to serious illness in your own body.
Stay in touch with your good friends
The reason that the dying get busy getting their affairs in order, is not so much for themselves as it is for the friends who will be left behind.
Do this before you are too weak and ill to manage all that.
Bronnie goes on to say, everyone misses their friends when they are dying, it all comes down to love and relationships.
That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.
Happiness IS a choice.
What day to day old patterns and habits can you replace, to be more happy?
Can you laugh heartily more often and get a bit more silly in your life?
As in the words of Bronnie, when you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind.
You have been given a life. Your very own life. Why would you choose to live someone else’s ideas of what’s right for you?
It truly is yours to do with as you please (and allow others the same with theirs).
Choose what you do with all the moments of your time, wisely and consciously, so you will not be left with one of these 5 most common regrets at the end of your own life.
Follow up resources:
Thank you for your wonderful contribution to our lives, Bronnie, with your gift of your book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.
Head on over to Bronnie’s own website to learn so much more about her experiences.
Another item that may interest you for further exploration, is the Dying To Be Me online course.
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Thank you Karl Moore for your email which first introduced me to Bronnie Ware’s work.