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Lean In and Listen to the Regrets of the Dying


Does the thought of regret-free living arrest your attention? Gentle Australian nurse, Bronnie Ware—author, songwriter, and international speaker—once cared for dying patients. Over the course of those eight years, common threads emerged from her conversations with those she sat beside. Now, in urging us on toward regret-free living, she offers the profound words she heard.

(Please note that the source content of this blog is taken in totality from The Guardian, Marie TV, and Bronnie Ware’s writings.)

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying

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 hadn’t worked 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.

In an interview with *Nurse Ward (link provided below), she shares further Nuggets o’ Wisdom:

There’s no point of success if there’s not balance with it.

You become more and more courageous as you start using the wisdom of the dying as a tool for living.

Living With Eternal Intentionality®

“As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children” (Psalm 103: 15-17 ESV).

If you knew God would call you Home today, what would be your Top Five Regrets?

What will you do to address one regret on your list?

[*Disclaimer: the quote from Buddha is not a part of my Christ-centered theology.]