I have been reading a book called “The Top Five Regrets of The Dying.” The author is a lady with experience in palliative care, working with patients who are nearing the end of life. As she would talk with people on their deathbeds, she noticed some recurring themes, and actually identified 5 main regrets:
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I didn’t work so hard.
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish that I had let myself be happier.
Of those five, #2 has especially been on my mind lately: “I wish I didn’t work so hard.” She says: This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
I have been thinking about that quite a bit, and I have made it a goal to not let this happen in my life. I am tremendously blessed with a loving wife and 6 kids. I work in a job that doesn’t have set hours, and it is easy to spend a lot of time at work. I am very conscious of the fact that the kids are only little once, and I really don’t want to miss it!
Making mistakes is part of life, but here’s to moving forward and living life to the fullest!
You can read more about the Top 5 Regrets on the author’s blog here: http://www.inspirationandchai.com/Regrets-of-the-Dying.html
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season. If I can do anything for you, don’t hesitate to call.