The renewal of spring is a ideal time to change your mind, change your life. I’m actively choosing happiness over the alternative.
One of my current inspirations is Bronnie Ware, of Inspiration and Chai and an Australian nurse who cares for the dying. She blogs about the top five regrets people have at the end of their lives.
One regret is the realization that happiness is a choice. Bronnie writes,
Many 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.
Bronnie’s powerful list of death bed regrets includes:
1. I wish I'd had the courage to live 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 feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
I’m reminded of one tool from yogini and author Sara Avant Stover -- her book The Way of the Happy Woman, Living the Best Year of Your Life. Sara Avant is helping me season-by-season to simplify, slow down, turn inward to consult the source and witness happiness bloom.
Dites moi, SVP, how many of the regrets listed above resonate with you and what are going to do about it?