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Top Five Regrets Of The Dying

By Don Loftis | 04.18.12

What is your biggest regret in life?  Do you wish that you had taken a different career path or developed an untapped talent?  Have you failed to express your love to someone or make peace with an individual who hurt you?

Bonnie Ware is an Australian nurse who has spent over a decade caring for dying patients.  She has observed their phenomenal clarity of vision in looking back at their own lives. Recently, she published a book documenting the most common regrets that these terminally ill people expressed.  Here are the top five:

(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 (especially men).

(3)  I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

(4)  I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends.

(5)  I wish that I had let myself be happier.

While we may identify with some of these and even learn some very important lessons, one thing seems to be missing.  Do people not feel regrets for having neglected serving God or having lived in ways that displeased Him?  It would be a sad thing to have lived 80 years and not have an eternal hope; to have met my selfish expectations but to have disappointed the Savior.  This might not be our greatest regret, but it should be our greatest fear.



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