Do You Have Regrets?

top five regrets of the dyingThis picture was floating around Facebook this morning and it got me to thinking. If these are the regrets of those at the end of their life when time has run out – what can we do about them now so we don’t have any regrets when our time comes.

Remember Frank Sinatra’s “I did it my way?”

Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way

I suppose regrets are unavoidable, but can we limit them or change the scope of them if we act on them now?

For example – have you lost touch with someone because of an argument? Can you be the bigger person, pick up the phone and reconnect?

Has fear held you back from sharing an opinion, trying something new or reaching for a goal you thought was unattainable?

Do you think you are too old to learn something new? Author of the Flowers in the Attic series, V.C. Andrews didn’t publish her first novel until she was 56! The NY Times wrote an article about the rise in entrepreneurs that start their businesses after the age of 55. Starting over at 55.

And how about you – your personal time – your down time? The regret in the picture above is so true for all of us…”I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.” Which, to me, says – I wish I’d taken more time for myself and my family.

If today were your last – what regrets would you have? What can you do to change that?