Have you ever noticed something special about people who are dying? They seem wise. They know something. Something that might be helpful. Helpful to me. What would I think about right before I die? What will I regret? I studied "end of life" counseling. I met an "end of life" counselor. She had fascinating stories. Amazing experiences. She knew stuff. She knew there were others on the another side. Waiting. Wanting. Loving us. I recently learned about another woman who has been there. Been with people before they die. Bronnie Ware. She is a nurse. She wrote a book. She has a blog. This is what I learned from Ms. Bronnie. Many people gain clarity at the end of their lives. Boy, I want clarity. I wonder. Do we have to wait until we are dying? Is there something I can do now? Like today. She also noticed common themes. Common regrets. Here are her top 5.
"I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings". She saw illnesses related to bitterness and resentment. Oh my. Regret can hurt?
"I wish that I had let myself be
"Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves". (p. 167). I wonder. Do I really really act and think as if I am free to choose?