What are some of the biggest regrets that people share when they are on their deathbeds?
At one point or another, we will reflect back on our lives and we will ask “What could I have done better or differently?”
The most common regrets are:
-I wish I didn’t care so much about what other people thought
-I wish I took more advantage of my opportunities
-I wish I didn’t wait to start until “tomorrow”
-I wish I would have kept going
-I wish I didn’t work so hard
-I wish I told the people that I loved how I felt
-I wish I took better care of my body
This comes from a very common human thought. We believe that we have more time than we actually do. We believe that we have more chances than we actually do.
While this can seem overwhelming and in many ways it is, we can combat this by starting now. Make one better decision today than yesterday. Look at each day as an opportunity.
Then instead of looking back with regret, we are looking back with joy and appreciation.
Rob Bell, a speaker and former pastor, tells us we should look at each day as a gift.
A gift to make our lives better. A gift to reconnect with our loved ones. A gift to make a different choice.
Let’s not waste this day so we’re able to say “I did!” instead of “I wish”.