Wisdom from the Dying


In her book “The Top Five Regrets of Dying,” nurse Bronnie Ware (2012) highlights wisdom told to her by several of her dying patients:

  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 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. 

This week, I’m challenging myself to implement at least one of these practices. I challenge you, too. 

Reference: Ware, B. (2012). The top five regrets of dying: A life transformed by the dearly departing. Carlsbad, CA: Hay House. 

2 thoughts on “Wisdom from the Dying

  1. Thank you for such a beautiful post! Such a sweet reminder of how precious life is and ought to be treated. I will gladly take this challenge!


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