Friday, 3 February 2012
Top Five Regrets Of The Dying
In a time of looming wars, terror attacks, riots, financial and political instability, long working hours, degradation of humanity, breaking up of the family, attacks on the individual and a constant barrage of horrible and negative news, it seems only appropriate to pay attention to this sad, but ultimately uplifting story, where I am reminded of what is really important in life...
Stay true to your self! Don't work so hard (for the 'Man')! Spend more quality time with family and friends!
A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is: 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?
There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counseled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'.
Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.
Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. "When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently," she says, "common themes surfaced again and again."
Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware.