The question of what impact do I want my life to have today and in the future often occurs to me. When I ask myself this question it allows me to check back in on whether I’m living purposely in that day or not. The above video is a great reminder of living with this spirit.
I find there is the potential otherwise to waste time on things that may become of far lesser importance when were to look back on them. In this way I can aim to be living in each moment and there for those who are around me. In essence it is a sense of coming from a point of what really matters most and then living from there.
In the below guardian article titled the 5 regrets of the dying, Bronnie Ware an Australian nurse documented the top 5 regrets of patients in their last days. The top 5 she recorded were;
1.) I wish I had the courage to live true to myself not to what others expected of me.
2.) I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
3.) I wish I had the courage to express my feelings
4.) I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
5.) I wish I had let myself be happier
Knowing these regrets of the dying can really get us to reflect on living a full life where we do not waste our time on things that ultimately don’t matter so much. For all of us it can be slightly different in what we perceive to be most valuable, asking the question what will we want to leave behind is a really good way to understand these, what will be and is most important now? Is it money, the people in your life, the experiences you have? What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind. By knowing the answer to these questions we can then proceed to live as much of our days from these values. Some questions I find good for reflecting on this are;
- How do you want to be remembered?
- What do you want to leave behind?
- How can you create the most value today?
If we live from this place in every moment we can be sure to be on purpose, living without regret and knowing we’ve made the most difference possible with our lives ❤
Live from the heart
Live from the heart in all you do
Live from the heart as though everyday could be your last
Valuing all that matters most
Knowing you do your best in all you pursue
Most of all know you wasted nothing,
That in every moment you gave your everything
~ M. L Adams