by:  Bonnie Ware

(To my readers:  I read this today after my niece Kim Moody’-Crouch posted it.  I liked it so much I wanted to share it with my Blog readers, FB Friends, LinkedIn Contacts and Twitter followers.  I have provided the five (5) main points but you must go to her blog to read the whole thing.  Very insightful indeed.)

“For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives.

“People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

“When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

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 didn’t work 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 that I had let myself be happier.”

 

(Log off early today and spend time with your loved ones!)

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