Living without regret

The quote “today is the first day of the rest of your life” came to mind as I sat down to write about this month’s topic – Awaken. It reminds me of high school graduations, not sure if it was quoted at my own graduation or if I picked that up from one too many ’90s movies.

Either way, it got me thinking about how we don’t stop to consider that today really is the first day of the rest of our lives. We get so busy in our lives and in our heads. Non-stop work, tech, family, Netflix, phone rinse and repeat.. while feeling guilty about yesterday and worrying about tomorrow.

The problem is that life will pass us by if we are not careful not in the way that we want. In her book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, Bonnie Ware found:

  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 I had let myself be happier

Instead of regrets, in the end,  I think they can be motivation for how you could be living. By asking:

  1. What do I value, and what is important to me?
  2. How can I structure my time better?
  3. How can I be honest to myself and others?
  4. When can I call or see my friends?
  5. What makes me happy? When do I lose track of time?

Every day we have the opportunity to awaken and live a life that is not full of regret.

How do you want to awaken tomorrow?

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