A lady by the name of Bronnie Ware’s published a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
Bronnie spent many years caring for people who were facing their own death.
When she questioned them about any regrets they had, or anything they would’ve done differently… she discovered there were common themes that surfaced again and again.
The 5 most common regrets:
- “I wish that I’d let myself be happier.”
(Too late they realized happiness is a choice.)
- “I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends.”
(Too often they failed to give them the time and effort they deserved.)
- “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”
(Too frequently shut mouths and shuttered feelings weighed too heavy to handle.)
- “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”
(Too much time spent making a living over building a life caused too much remorse.)
But as tough as these 4 were, there was one that stood out above them all… head and shoulders.
The most common regret was this…:
- “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself not the life others expected of me.”
So there you go:
The chances they didn’t take…
Half-filled dreams and unfulfilled hopes…
That was the number-one regret expressed by the dying.
As Bronnie put it:
“Most people had not honored even a half of their
dreams and had to die knowing that it was due
to choices they had made, or not made."
And her observations aren’t hers alone.
Thomas Gilovich and Victoria Medvec performed exhaustive research into the same topic. And here’s what they concluded:
“When people look back on their lives, it is the
things they have *not* done that generate the
People’s actions may be troublesome initially;
it is their inactions that plague them most with
long-term feelings of regret."
So that’s the clearest message from our elders… from the wisest position they’d ever reach:
** Honor your hopes and pursue a productive life**
through faith in your purpose and priorities.
But then the question is…:
Why is it that so often we don’t do the things that really matter to us most… much less live into our purpose?
Of course there are exceptions… but here’s an important one:
We often don’t feel we can… that we don’t deserve it… that we don’t have what it takes…
More often than not, we think we’re not enough.
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