What does living a good life mean?
It’s a question that many people have pondered and one that great minds have debated and written about…
Often it’s said that on our deathbed in our final days and moments, men and women possess a sense of clarity about what it means to live, and to live a good life. So much can be learned from these moments from the regrets that people hold in their final moments. If we’re wise we can find ways to minimise these potential regrets in our own lives. This way, when you reach your final moments, whenever that maybe, you can look back with contentment and peace on a life well lived…
From Bonnie Wares book the 5 Regrets of the dying there are 5 key regrets:
- I wish I’d lived a life true to myself not the life others expected of me.
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
- I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.
- I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends.
- I wish I’d let myself be happier.
What do these mean to me:
- Do what you feel called to not what others and society expect of you – be honest with yourself
- Work is important but not at the cost of health, relationships and happiness
- Say what you mean in a kind and loving way and ask for what you really desire in a respectful manner.
- Don’t let the busyness of life get in the way of maintaining relationships (see 2 above)
- Let go of the ‘should’s’ and ‘shouldn’ts’, let go of past hurts and anger, by transforming them into learning’s. Accept life as it is in this moment and focus on changing the things you can, accepting the things you can’t, and develop the wisdom to tell the difference.
Live your best life, today not tomorrow, this week not the next… don’t choose to allow your business to keep you from truly living.