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Nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed

I would like to share this story sent to me my my friend Laura

….. For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality.

I learnt never to underestimate someone’s capacity for growth. Some changes were phenomenal. Each experienced a variety of emotions, as expected, denial, fear, anger, remorse, more denial and eventually acceptance. Every single patient found their peace before they departed though, every one of them.

When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.

It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.

2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.

By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.

We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.

It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise 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. When you are on your deathbed, what  others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.

Source –   http://www.ariseindiaforum.org

Kisses

Kim xxx

Pleasure In Life

Be Grateful

Hello everyone … well I have been a little slow with my blog posts over the last few weeks.

We had terrible floods here in Brisbane, where I live and while I was not affected, I have been busy helping out.

I subscribe to a daily horoscope and todays one, was reminding me to look for ‘simple pleasures’

We all should take time to look for the simple pleasures in our lives every day … and be grateful xxx

January 24, 2011
Pleasure In Life
Gemini Daily Horoscope
A desire for pleasure can act as the foundation of your impulses today. Since you are likely actively seeking out gratification, you may be surprised to discover that you do not have to look far to find it. You may feel compelled to indulge your senses with beauty, laughter, and romance, yet you may also find delight in life’s simplest joys. Even as you endeavor to address your obligations as quickly as possible, you can enjoy the pride of a job well done. Likewise, you can discern the visceral pleasures of plain foods today and may be less inclined to seek out heavy, overindulgent meals. The simpler your chosen indulgences, the easier it can be to integrate them into your life healthfully.

Our lives become immeasurably more satisfying when we learn to revel in the pleasures of simply being alive. While many of us are taught from an early age that happiness must always take root in some joyful or exciting happening, there is much we can celebrate in the mundane details of our everyday lives. As we identify these moments worthy of celebration and revel in them, we discover that there are few joys that rival those that can be found all around us. Our willingness to seek out delight in everyday life enables us to identify sources of elation we might otherwise have missed, blinded as we were by the notion that happiness has but a few foundations. You will discover new worlds of enjoyment today when you commit to hunt for hidden pleasures in your daily existence.

I am grateful for ….

– A warm bed to sleep in tonight

– A lovely weekend spent with 2 of my lovely daughters and my wonderful Mum

– Indulging in a fluffy decadent bubble bath tonight

– Taking time to appreciate the beautiful blue sky over Brisbane today

– Music – I love Katy Perry’s new CD …. and that subject is another blog post

30 Day Gratitude Challenge Day 3

Be Grateful, Dance, Be Happy, You are Fabulous

” Love follows you. Absolutely everything you experience in your life is a result of what you have given out in your thoughts and feelings, whether you realize you have given them out or not. Life is not happening to you … life is following you. Your destiny is in your hands. whatever you think, whatever you feel, will decide your life.’ Rhonda Byrne

I wanted to share this clip by Depak Chopra on Gratitude

Remember to feel good about the successes of others, when you feel good and are grateful about anything another person has, you are bringing it to you. when you feel good about someone elses success , happiness or the love they have in their lives, you are in essence choosing from the catalogue of life. Say YES , this is for me also!

Today I am grateful for ….

My friend Roslyn’s loving husband

My amazing Mum, who is always there for me

A great workout at the gym today

The beautiful sunshine that was streaming onto me while I was in the pool this mornong

A lovely cup of tea, made in a pot and served in a special china cup

This is a BIG one for me  … that my Ex-Husband has a lovely new Fiancee and that they are both Happy xxx

I’d love you to leave you comments … just click the ‘leave a comment’ box at the top of  this post

Tell me what you are grateful for?

Dream Big My Goddess …. you are meant to have an amazing life !!

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30 Day Challenge

Ok all of you Savvy Inspired Women 
 
Do You Want to Create a Fabulous life?

Do you want to experience more joy, Happiness, Love, Laughter?

Do you want to Learn how to love and adore the wonderful woman you are?

Do you want to create amazing relationships ?

Do you want to feel sexy again? 
 
Are you prepared to commit 5 minutes a day to this?
 
Will you rise to my 30 Day Challenge?
 
One of my New Years Resolutions for 2011 was to create more Happiness, Joy, love, Laughter and Abundance in my life , by living every day in Gratitude … and I also want to do the same for thousands of men and women throughout the world!

 
This is such a simple yet powerful process that can literally change your life in days !

 
So do you want to join me ?

 
Every day I will be writing a new article for my blog on ways you can be more grateful , how to love your body, how to feel sexy again and how to design a fabulous life. I will also be using my blog to journal 5 things I am grateful for every day …. and I would like YOU to commit to joining me !
 
I guarantee, this will change your life !
 
So you will need to buy a lovely journal, if you don’t already have one (or buy an exercise book and decorate it with pictures and drawings that inspire you).
 
I want you to write 5 things every day that you are grateful for in your journal …. and also here on my blog in the comments section ( see add a comment at the top of the page)
 
 I’d also love you to leave a comment on my facebook page ….. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Savvy-Inspired-Women/137107126303161

 
Please don’t be shy …. join my community of Savvy Inspired Women and be inspired and inspire . What you write could make a difference in your life and the lives of other women.
 
We can be powerful creators of love, happiness, abundance and joy in our lives and the lives of others, just by taking 5 minutes a day to be Grateful for all the wonderfull blessings in our lives.
 
The more you are grateful for, the more you will be given.
 
Today I am grateful for ….
 
I am grateful for the love of my Friends and Family
I am grateful that today is the 1st of January 2011, time for a New Year and a New Me
I am grateful that I am able to reach beautiful Women (and Men) like you through this blog
I am grateful for the feel of the cool puddles of rainwater under my barefeet, tonight when I went outside
I am grateful for the small bowl of homemade Tim Tam icecream I just had (and it was Yummy)
 
So my darling women, please add your gratitude list to the comments section today.
 
I love you all.
Kisses
Kim xxx
 
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 Please write down 5 things you are grateful for in the comments section now …. and please share this with your friends … lets make a difference … one blessing of Gratitude at a time.
 
  
Gratitude

Be Grateful

The Thorns in Life

I received this great email that I wanted to share.

Sandra felt as low as the heels of her Birkenstocks as she pushed against a November gust and the florist shop door. Her life had been easy, like spring breeze. Then in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a minor automobile accident stole her ease. During this Thanksgiving week she would have delivered a son. She grieved over her loss. As if that weren’t enough, her husband’s company threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose holiday visit she coveted, called saying she could not come.
Thanksgiving? Thankful for what? She wondered. For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an air bag that saved her life but took that of her child?
“Good afternoon, may I help you?” The shop clerk’s approach startled her. “I….I need an arrangement,” stammered Sandra. “For Thanksgiving?

Do you want beautiful but ordinary, or would you like to challenge the day with a favorite I call the Thanksgiving “Special?” asked the shop clerk. “I’m convinced that flowers tell stories,” she continued. “Are you looking for something that conveys ‘gratitude’ this Thanksgiving?” “Not exactly!” Sandra blurted out. “In the last five months, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong.” Sandra regretted her outburst, and was surprised when the shop clerk said, “I have the perfect arrangement for you.”
Then the door’s small bell rang, and the shop clerk said, “Hi, Barbara…let me get your order.” She politely excused herself and walked toward a small workroom, then quickly reappeared, carrying an arrangement of greenery, bows, and long-stemmed thorny roses; Except the ends of the rose stems were neatly snipped: there were no flowers.

“Want this in a box?” asked the clerk. Sandra watched for the customer’s response. Was this a joke? Who would want rose stems with no flowers! She waited for laughter, but neither woman laughed. “Yes, please,” Barbara replied with an appreciative smile. “You’d think after three years of getting the special, I wouldn’t be so moved by its significance, but I can feel it right here, all over again,” she said as she gently tapped her chest.
“Uh,” stammered Sandra, “that lady just left with, uh….she just left with no flowers!” “Right, said the clerk, “I cut off the flowers. That’s the Special. I call it the Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet.”

 “Oh, come on, you can’t tell me someone is willing to pay for that!” exclaimed Sandra.

Barbara came into the shop three years ago feeling much like you feel today,” explained the clerk. “She thought she had very little to be thankful for. She had lost her father to cancer, the family business was failing, her son was into drugs, and she was facing major surgery.

That same year I had lost my husband,” continued the clerk, “and for the first time in my life, had just spent the holidays alone. I had no children, no husband, no family nearby, and too great a debt to allow any travel.”

“So what did you do?” asked Sandra. “I learned to be thankful for thorns,” answered the clerk quietly. “I’ve always thanked God for good things in life and never to ask Him why those good things happened to me, but when bad stuff hit, did I ever ask! It took time for me to learn that dark times are important. I have always enjoyed the ‘flowers’ of life, but it took thorns to show me the beauty of God’s comfort.
Sandra sucked in her breath, “I guess the truth is I don’t want comfort. I’ve lost a baby and I’m angry with God. I don’t know if I can be thankful for the thorns in my life,” Sandra said to the clerk. “It’s all too…fresh.”
“Well,” the clerk replied carefully, “my experience has shown me that thorns make roses more precious.

 Tears rolled down Sandra’s cheeks. For the first time since the accident, she loosened her grip on resentment. “I’ll take those twelve long-stemmed thorns, please,” she managed to choke out.

“I hoped you would,” said the clerk gently. “I’ll have them ready in a minute.”

 “Thank you. What do I owe you?” Sarah asked. “Nothing; nothing but a promise to allow your heart to heal and to be grateful for the thorns.

Kisses

Kim xxx

The Daffodil Principle

 

The Daffodil Principle

The Daffodill Principle

I came across this beautiful story today, and I thought I would share  you xxx

The Daffodil Principle:

Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, “Mother, you must come to see the daffodils before they are over.”

I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. “I will come next Tuesday,” I promised a little reluctantly on her third call.

Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised and, reluctantly, I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn’s house I was welcomed by the joyful sounds of happy children. I delightedly hugged and greeted my grandchildren.

“Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in these clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see badly enough to drive another inch!”

My daughter smiled calmly and said, “We drive in this all the time, Mother.”

“Well, you won’t get me back on the road until it clears, and then I’m heading for home!” I assured her.

“I was hoping you’d take me over to the garage to pick up my car.”

“How far will we have to drive?”

“Oh…just a few blocks,” Carolyn said. “But I’ll drive. I’m used to this.”

After several minutes, I had to ask, “Where are we going? This isn’t the way to the garage!”

“We’re going to my garage the long way,” Carolyn smiled, “by way of the daffodils.”

“Carolyn,” I said sternly, “please turn around.”

“It’s all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience.”

After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand-lettered sign with an arrow that read, “Daffodil Garden” We got out of the car, each took a child’s hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path. Then, as we turned a corner, I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it over the mountain peak and its surrounding slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, creamy white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, and saffron and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted in large groups so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.

“Who did this?” I asked Carolyn.

“Just one woman,” Carolyn answered. “She lives on the property. That’s her home.”

Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house, small and modestly sitting in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house. On the patio, we saw a poster. “Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking” was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. “50,000 bulbs,” it read. The second answer was, “One at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and one brain.” The third answer was, “Began in 1958.”

For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before, had begun, one bulb at a time, to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountaintop. Planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. One day at a time, she had created something of extraordinary magnificence, beauty, and inspiration. The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time–often just one baby-step at time–and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small elements of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things. We can change the world.

“It makes me sad in a way,” I admitted to Carolyn. “What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at it ‘one bulb at a time’ through all those years? Just think what I might have been able to achieve!”

My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual direct way. “Start tomorrow,” she said.

She was right. It’s so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays. The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead of a cause for regret is to only ask, “How can I put this to use today?”

Use the Daffodil Principle. Stop waiting …..Until your car or home is paid off. Until you get a new car or home. Until your kids leave the house. Until you go back to school. Until you finish school. Until you clean the house. Until you organize the garage. Until you clean off your desk. Until you lose 10 lbs. Until you gain 10 lbs. Until you get married. Until you get a divorce. Until you have kids. Until the kids go to school. Until you retire. Until summer. Until spring. Until winter. Until fall. Until you die….

There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don’t need money. Love like you’ve never been hurt, and, dance like no one’s watching. If you want to brighten someone’s day, pass this on to someone special.

I just did!

Wishing you a beautiful, daffodil day!

Don’t be afraid that your life will end ….. be afraid that it will never begin

Kisses

Kim xxxx

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