Last year, when I attended the Storyline Conference, Don Miller reminded me of something I used to focus on, but have allowed circumstances to steal away. The fact that no matter how successful you are, work will not hold your hand when you’re dying. (My words, not his).
Don did share the Top Five Regrets of the Dying, by Bonnie Ware, a nurse who studied her dying patient’s final thoughts on things they wish they’d done differently. She came up with a pattern of sorrow, over a life lived in a pattern of mediocre choices — regardless of wealth or stature.
These are her top five regrets:
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 didn’t work so hard.
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.
Do you need to change any of these while you still have time? See the Five Fresh Starts for the Living below — it’s never too late with Fresh Faith.
Anita FreshFaith @ Work and in Life
2 Corinthians 7:10 NIV
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author of the soon-to-be released book, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.