Monday, 28 September 2009

Have No Regrets

"Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable"

You don't want to live in such a way that when your life is over you are left thinking more about what you didn't do than what you did do. Think about how you would feel on your deathbed if you were wishing you had done that one special thing or taken that chance that you let pass by.

From that perspective, examine your life today. Think about some risks you have been unwilling to take - perhaps changing careers, following a dream, opening your heart to another person, or being all that you can be. You can do nothing to change the decisions you made in your past, but the future holds many opportunities.

I remember vividly sitting on a hospice bed as my mum was in the final stages of cancer. Sadly most of what she talked about, when she had the strength, was all the things she wished she had done. As this memory was so painful, the lesson that I got from these devastating few weeks , was don't hold back. Don't let there be any "if only's" or "I wish I had's" in your life.

Live everyday of your life, as you never know when it will come to an end. But there is one guarantee about life and that is that you are not going to get out alive and you only get one shot at it (at least this time around, depending on your beliefs), so make the most of it.

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