Don’t be near death as I was to find passion and purpose in your life! 5 regrets people make on their deathbed.

Your Passion and Purpose   42 years ago I was struck by lightning and was on my way to dying, when an angelic voice urged me to come back to earth to take care of my babies.  I was living a life of mediocrity. Since then I have asked myself what I could do to have the most exciting life possible.  I almost died, so I know what it means to wake up and feel so grateful that I could still  hold my children.  As the years have passed, I have become entrenched in a life of researching what passionate living means to me – leaving corporate America, starting a coaching practice, riding horses, biking, writing, and so much more.  It has been thrilling!  But what I haven’t been able to do is help my 92 year old mother find a renewal of passion in her later years.  There is so much she now regrets. 

Living a life of joy and excitement is a choice.  Living in the past is a choice.  Choosing happiness is a choice!

Below, I have edited a great article from a nurse in palliative care who has helped those dying in their last days.  Here is what she says about the 5 regrets people make on their deathbed:

1.  I wish I’d had the courage to be myself and not live the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all.  Most people had not honored even half of their dreams and they will die knowing that it was due to the choices they had made.

2.  I wish I didn’t work so hard.  This came from every male patient she nursed.  Women also spoke of this regret even if they only worked at home.  They wished they had simplified their lifestyle.

3.  I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.  Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others.  Women, particularly, who have thyroid issues have been afraid to express how they really feel.  When we learn to express who we are and what we need in life, it enriches the relationship with everyone we come in contact with.  They feel they can trust us because we are true to ourselves.

4.  I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.  We sometimes get so caught up in our own lives that we lose contact with those who have been such an important part of who we were earlier.  In the long run, family and friends make our lives richer.  It allows us to get out of being so self focused.

5.  I wish I had let myself be happier.  This is a very common regret.  We have a tendency to live in the past and stay stuck in old patterns and habits.  How do we learn to take more chances?  How do we get out of our comfort zone?  Fear of change keeps us bound to old energy and can force illness in the body.  If we don’t renew our lives with challenges, the cell membranes of our cells have a very hard time renewing themselves.  The greater the joy and positive emotions we have, the quicker and healthier our cells renew (Dr. Bruce Lipton, the study of epigenetics).

How you live your life is a choice.  It takes courage to change.  It takes courage to welcome challenges.  Life is a gift!!  Celebrate every day!!

Credits: The article appeared on inspirationandchai.com via Real Farmacy.

 

 

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