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2 Greatest Regrets

September 16, 2013

One day you’ll die.

I know you already know that but, if you’re like me, you don’t think about it often.

According to Bronnie Ware, when you die you are likely to have two regrets. (Bronnie served as a palliative care nurse in Australia serving patients during their last 12 weeks of life. Over the years, she noticed a pattern of regrets.)


Here are the two most common regrets Bronnie observed:

1. Courage to live life true to myself, not the life others expect me to live.

More than half of our dreams are never pursued. We often spend our lives trying to please a boss we won’t have in 10 years while neglecting our spouse, kids, and parents that we may not have in 10 years.

 2. I wish I didn’t work so hard

“This came from every male patient. They missed their children’s youth and spouses companionship. Women spoke of this regret but most were from an older generations and weren’t breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.” -Bronnie Ware

Ps. 90:12 “Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

What’s one thing you want to add to your schedule?

What’s one thing you want to subtract from your schedule?

If you’d like to read Bronnie’s Ware’s book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying click HERE to purchase.


From → Family, Leadership

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  1. Judy Stanton permalink

    Mark, I think I accidentally unscribed…..can you fix it for me?  I still want to receive the blog


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