In the previous article we described how Bronnie Ware wrote this now famous article titled ‘Regrets of the Dying’. This outlined 5 common regrets of people facing their own death.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier – many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice.
On reflection of the fifth of the 5 common regrets, we considered these points:
We are often drawn into our own internal monologue, that typically includes these points:
- Task list if things that we need to do today?
- What should we buy to make us happy, whether it is dinner or a dress?
- Hopes and dreams for the future of ourselves and those we care about.
This internal monologue is part of the noise of modern aspirations and modern living. There is always the new car, new job, new relationship, or the busyness of modern living with distractions of technology and the responsibilities that come with adulthood.
Our conclusion was this: to take moments throughout the day where we step back from whatever we are engaged in and reconnect with a sense of contentment, to choose to be satisfied here and now with what we have, where we are, with the people around us, and to let ourselves be happy.