Published on June 20, 2021
Bronnie Ware, an Australian, spent several years working in palliative care caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called “Inspiration and Chai,” which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book, “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying,” published in 2011.
One of those top 5 regrets was “I wish that I had let myself be happier.”
“Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others and to their selves that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”
This shows that people felt that while attaining their happiness was in their control, they somehow didn’t allow themselves to do the things that would make them happy.
I often say in the office, “Don’t give up what you want most for what you may want in the moment.”
And too often what we want most — or will be best for us — is often what we most resist.
Happiness isn’t a destination at the end of our journey.
It isn’t something we chase to get to it.
It is a daily choice.
Happiness fuels our success — not the other way around.
You want to be slim and healthy.
It’s better to be slim and healthy.
Stop the resistance.
Go at it. Every day.
Have no regrets.