During my 4-year-long sabbatical, I got an opportunity to serve in a hospice. These moments were some of the most profound and meaningful of my life. I sat beside dying men and women as they tried to make peace with their time spent on this planet.
Although each person’s life story was unique, certain regrets were expressed time and time again. We don’t have to wait until it’s too late. We can make our choices now to live fully and make the most out of each opportunity we have.
These top ten regrets expressed by hospice patients can teach us how to start living a better life today:
- I wish I had been more loving to the people who matter the most.
- I wish I had been a better spouse, parent, or child.
- I wish I had not spent so much time working.
- I wish I had taken more risks.
- I wish I had been happier and enjoyed life more.
- I wish I had lived my own dream.
- I wish I had taken better care of myself.
- I wish I had done more for others.
- I wish I had chosen work that was meaningful for me.
- I wish I had traveled more.
Take some time to do what you are passionate about. This will bring joy—true and everlasting happiness.
NEVER POSTPONE JOY!