My Grandma died when she was 97. I interviewed her on video a year before she died and I asked her all about her life.
One of the things I love about my Grandma is that she lived life to the full and she had a life of great adventure.
In her twenties she left England on her own (by boat) to be a missionary in Egypt. She spent 16 years in Egypt, married my Australian Grandpa and had four children there. She recounted stories of riding on the back on my Grandpa’s motorbike in the desert, riding camels, visiting wonderful sights and the golden age of travel by ship and train.
When they were in their fifties, my Grandma and Grandpa went to the Middle East and Palestine and worked with people in need. Later in life after my Grandpa died, my Grandma ran a hostel in Jerusalem in her eighties.
When I interviewed her, she looked back on a life of adventure, excitement and happy memories. Even though I asked a lot of probing questions, she had no regrets about the way she had lived her life.
Sadly, many people do not live the way my Grandma lived…
The unfortunate fact is, many people at the end of their life have serious regrets about what they did in their life, and in some cases more importantly what they did NOT do.
WE must learn from people who have end of life regrets, to ensure we do not make the same mistakes and have the same regrets.
Watch this short video, or read the text below:
Researchers who have studied and interviewed people at the end of their life report nine common regrets:
1. Did not take a leap of faith.
When you get the opportunity ensure that you DO take a leap of faith.
2. Did not have the courage to live a life true to myself.
Do NOT live someone else’s dream. Live true to your dreams.
3. Worked too hard.
Don’t fall into this all too common trap – life is for living!
4. Did not have the courage to express how I really felt.
Take a deep breath and tell those closest to you how you really feel.
5. Did not say what I needed to say.
Take another deep breath and tell those closest to you what you really need to say.
6. Did not forgive.
Forgive those who have wronged you. This does not mean that what they did was okay, it just means you let your anger go.
7. Did not stay in touch with friends.
Keep in touch and keep in contact. Send an email or a card. Good friends are a rare commodity.
8. Did not let myself be happier.
Happiness is a choice! Wake up every morning and decide to be happy and joyful!
9. Did not live a life of Faith.
Connection with God is a key part of a full life. Do not neglect your spiritual life.
We really need to take a good close look at this list because these are end of life regrets that occur over and over again in the research. It is critical that WE do not get to the end of our lives and have the same regrets.
Tip #1 Learn
Make sure you learn these invaluable lessons NOW before you reach that stage of life. Don’t make the same mistakes.
Tip #2 Identify
Identify areas of your life where you have already made these mistakes or have these regrets. Put them right today. Pick up the phone, write a letter, or send an email – whatever you need to do.
Tip #3 Make a Plan
Make a plan to ensure you don’t fall into these regrets during your life. Ensure that the dream Lifestyle you visualize includes learning from the people who have made these mistakes so you don’t have to.
Yours for a Life Lived with No Regrets!
“Creating the Perfect Lifestyle”
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