Before we get to the list. It’s important to remember that staying stuck in regret offers you nothing but suffering . By ruminating over regret, we are allowing the past to dictate our present. The good new is, is that we we can use the past as a reference point to understand and make adjustments as we move forward. We are learning all the time, and it is very easy to get yourself stuck in the swampy bog of regret. When it comes to making changes, you are always one decision away from a totally different life. Allow yourself to be at peace with the past and remember that each moment can be a new beginning.
Below is a list of the 5 Greatest Regrets of the Dying created by Austrailian palliative nurse Bronnie Ware.
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 had the courage to truly express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
LIfe is a choice. It is your life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, and choose honestly. Choose happiness.
This excellent list is mirrored from the original posted at Bronnie Ware's website. Based on this article, Bronnie has released a full length book titled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying - A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing. It is a memoir of her own life and how it was transformed through the regrets of the dying people she cared for.