One fine morning, I received a telephone call from one of my friends and after exchange of pleasantries, he inquired as to whether I have read the news item captioned “Biggest regrets of the dying revealed“. When I replied in negative, he told me that it has appeared on page 25 in The Times of India of June 22, 2013 and advised me to read it.
The news item was about a nurse from Australia, Bronnie Ware, who worked in a palliative care unit, looking after patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded the biggest regrets of their lives, as revealed by them to her. She shared the five top regrets on her Blog entitled ‘Inspiration and Chai‘ and I quote below:
- I wish I’d had the courage to live life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn’t worked 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 my self be happier. Unquote.
She has also put her observations in the book entitled “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying“.
Look at life from this perspective that millions of years have already gone by and millions of years are yet to come and in this spectrum of time we have a very small window during which we have to get our act on this planet together. Now, the question is : Should we really spend our precious lives with regrets? And the answer obviously is : No, let’s fine-tune our lives so as to have no regrets, whatsoever. Do you agree with me?
“There is only one important point you must keep in your mind and let it be your guide. You must ask yourself how is it you want to live your life. No one can help us. So consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?” with these words of the XIV Dalai Lama, I sign off this blog-post wishing you all a happy and regret-free life. Enjoy…