My Micmac stripper canoe, stern to the shore during a
cold winter's morning.
I jotted these points down after reading the story some time ago. A nurse had worked for many years with the terminally ill and infirm. During the times when family weren’t at the bedside, she got time to share her patients’ lives, thoughts, and regrets. Looking back over their lives, knowing they had only days or perhaps hours to live, these were their final thoughts on what they would have changed, in descending order, if they could have done it over again. The greatest gifts coming out of their lives may be that they can help the still living avoid the same mistakes, if we but listen and take heed. Copy them and tape them over your desk or work station.
1. I wish I had lived 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 true feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had allowed myself to be happier.
Some thoughts from Jerry Vandiver and the Morrall's.