To Die Without Regret

In a book titled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departed, Australian nurse Bronnie Ware talks about the common regrets expressed to her by the people she took care of.

A reference to her book and the “top 5” list appeared this morning in my inbox in one of the newsletters I subscribe to.  Although today was not the first time I came across such a list of the top regrets people have as they are dying, the list caught my attention, perhaps because we are in Lent, a time of reformation.

The top five regrets Ware identifies are these:

  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 hadn’t worked so much.
  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.

If there is an item on this list you think you would express if you were to die today, perhaps you might take it on this Lent as something to try to change.