September 5, 2012

Non, je ne regrette rien

We all have good days, bad days and indifferent days – but in amongst these are you living your life how you really want to? Are you avoiding regrets? I’ve read a few things recently which suggest we all take a step back, or rather, forward in time, to our deathbed no less, when making daily decisions. With this viewpoint, we may be braver, truer to ourselves, take more risks and do less of the stuff that really doesn’t matter.

In Phil Stutz & Barry Michels book, The Tools, one of the tools profiled is the ‘Jeopardy Tool’. Using it you are invited to consider your death when making a decision: What would you think of your current decision were it the last one you were able to make? A sobering thought perhaps but certainly it encourages you to make the most of every minute.

Another inspirational book, The Five Regrets of the Dying, by Bronnie Ware is about the last wishes of terminal patients she worked with. There’s an overview on her blog, link above, but in summary:

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.

Both books certainly made me think.


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