Do Not Squander Your Life
“Let me respectfully remind you who engage in deep practice: time passes swiftly; do not squander your life. Shitou Xiqian (c. 8th century) I have just listened to an inspiring interview, and I must share it with you. In fact, at the conclusion of the interview, I hit repeat and listened to the whole thing over again. It’s that good.
You may know Bronnie Ware from her 2009 blog post that went viral, called “Regrets of the Dying.” I urge you to read this post right now this minute. If you really can’t do that, here is the bare-bones list of the top five regrets of the dying, collected by Ware throughout her long career as a palliative care-giver:
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
I wish I had let myself be happier.
You can find her commentary on this list in her book, called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.
I also urge you to listen to her gentle, compassionate, and wise voice in this moving interview conducted by Jonathan Fields of The Good Life Project.
There is so much wisdom in this interview, but here are some of the ideas that resonated with me, ideas that we pursue rigorously here at LifeArt Studio.
- her circuitous route to accepting her life as a creative
- her belief that life is perfect
- her willingness to surrender
- how to recognize your best offering to the world
- getting to the core of important things
- the regret of not honoring what your heart is calling you to do
- the problem of thinking that honoring your heart’s calling is selfish
- breaking through fears and conditioning in order to live a true calling
- how our ability to serve is connected to our willingness to honor our calling
- facing death is a tool for living
- the importance of readiness and timing
- surrendering to Life
- the importance of loving your work
- giving yourself permission
She concludes the interview saying, “Make your choices every day toward happiness.”
I think you’ll find her quite inspiring, and even helpful, especially if you are struggling with how to justify pursuing your creative passion, feeling that it’s selfish, impractical, or just too risky.
Just do it, people. It’s the right thing to do.
And if you need a little nudge, please join me in a conversation about how you might pursue some of the provocative topics Ware and Jonathan Fields explore. The Creative Momentum Session is free, and is an avenue to supporting your highest living and your best creating. Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let's get started.