Five Regrets of the Dying

This week at the Storyline Conference I attended, Don Miller reminded me of something I used to focus on, but have recently let slip. The fact that no matter how successful you are, work will not hold your hand when you’re dying. (My words, not his).

Don did share the Top Five Regrets of Dying, by Bonnie Ware, a nurse who studied her dying patient’s final thoughts on things they wish they’d done differently. She came up with a pattern of sorrow, over a life mediocrely lived — regardless of wealth or stature.

These are her top five regrets:

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 didn’t work 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.

Do you need to change any of these while you still have the chance?

Anita FreshFaith @ Work

2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.


Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.

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