Second Quarter 2017 – Ten Regrets or Things People Want to Change

Instead of working efficiently, I am day dreaming. I am remembering the past, looking at the future, and evaluating the present. In the middle of my day dreaming and internet surfing, I landed upon lists of things people regret or want to do differently. It is not too late to change our future and enjoy what lays ahead.

Turn off the phone (or at least put it away).

I have been guilty of being obsessed with my phone. I justify my reason, but the bottom line is I do not need to be connected 24/7. I am learning to wean myself, and it is a process.

Worry less.

I have spent a crazy amount of time and energy thinking about terrible things that could happen rather than enjoying what was happening. This action has robbed me and others of the joy of the moment.

Play more.

Life can be short. This body of ours will die so we need to enjoy life while we can!

Take risks.

The safe thing isn’t always the best thing. We cannot stretch our wings and learn to fly if we stay within a cage. Fear keeps us from exploring, and it is time to tell fear to take a hike!

Happiness is a state of mind.

Most people have things that are worth celebrating. Life is designed to be enjoyed and enjoyed to the fullest. The happiest people I know choose to focus on joy rather than sorrow. Life is a series of choices, and happiness is one of them.

Do more for others.

It can be as simple as a smile, a door held open, picking up a piece of litter, feeding a sick neighbor, bringing donuts to the office, shall I go on? There are little things that can be done daily to benefit the life of others in big and little ways. Your life will be enriched when you help others.

Take care of yourself.

I have a body that allows me to physically do things, walk, clean, climb, etc. Not everyone has that. We need to treat our body well. We will be needing it our entire life.

Live in the Moment.

How much are we missing when we are planning the next thing and not enjoying what is happening right in front of us? We often spend so much time looking forward and planning that we forget to live now! Enjoy the moments of life as they happen.

Travel more.

I learned this lesson by observation. I had an aunt and uncle that saved and saved and saved. Retirement was within reach, just a few months away. The perfect motor home was purchased and the road trip was mapped out. Then my uncle had a fatal heart attack and died. Travel more.

Follow your passion.

In the scope of things, life is short, and the older I become, the shorter it seems. Follow your passion. It helps your heart stay healthy and happy.

As we are in the middle of summer with family vacations, corn on the cob, burgers on the grill, and the sweet laughter of friends and children. What will you do to enrich your life and the lives of those near and dear to you?


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