This brief article outlines 7 questions to help you live a regret-free life. Take some time when you can reflect on these questions and consider how you can modify any barriers that are blocking you from living a regret-free life right now.
It is so easy for the little things to pull us off track from a life of purpose and meaning. Life goes by in a blur of rushed commitments. Then in the latter years, many people are left with a feeling of regret. I recently read two books that prompted some very poignant questions about how I was stewarding the time God gave me here on earth. The first book is called One Month to Live, 30 days to a No-Regrets Life by Pastors Kerry and Chris Shook. The second is The Top 5 Five Regrets of the Dying by palliative care nurse Bronnie Ware. I am hopeful as you are racing through your busy life, as I am, that these questions give you pause to consider if anything in your life needs to shift to get back to living on purpose.
The first 3 questions are from One Month To Live, 30 days to a No-Regrets Life. (You can purchase it now by clicking on the link). The book takes you through mental exercises of considering how your life would change if you knew you only had 30 more days on earth. Then at the end, it asks you to consider why you are not living that way now.
What are 5 things you would change if you know you only had one month to live?
Are you doing anything, right now, which requires faith? If not, why not?
If you were certain your life would end in 30 days, what would you have as your biggest regret?
The next four questions are prompted from the content of the book The Top 5 Regrets of Dying by Bronnie Ware (you can click on the link to purchase now if desired). Bronnie, as a palliative care nurse, sat at the bedside of many, many people in the last moments of their life. She noticed common themes that kept coming up in those final discussions with her patients and she compiled the top regrets of these dying patients into a book. Whom better to learn from about living a no-regrets life than someone who comes to the end of their life full of regrets?
Are you living true to yourself or based on the expectations of others?
Are you overworking and not taking time to balance your life so you can enjoy the people in your life?
Are you denying yourself true happiness?
Are you actively keeping up with all your friendships and close relationships?
A NOTE OF SELF COMPASSION
The purpose of this post is just to bring the awareness that comes when we stop long enough to ponder such deep questions. Please don’t feel guilty if these questions bring up a challenge for you. Changes don’t have to happen overnight. However, life is too precious and short to not check in with oneself regularly to make sure we are living a regret-free life.
This article gives 7 questions to consider if you want to live a regret-free life. These are questions that require some time to consider, so please come back and read them again when you have a few minutes. Keep a journal and make some notes if you notice you need to change anything today.
Please let me know:
Did anything come up for you as something you need to change soon to have a regret-free life? Every one of these questions brought up things I need to adjust in my life. If anything resonated for you please feel free to leave a comment below to let me know.
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