Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Be authentic

What's your greatest regret so far? I've always said that I'm sure I won't be on my death bed wishing that I'd spent more time at the office or wishing I'd cleaned the house more often! I'm sure my greater concerns will be the time I have spent with those I love—the quality of the relationships that are important to me.

I just learned about an Australian nurse, Bronnie Ware, who spent years working in palliative care and recorded thoughts of those who were dying. She wrote a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

You won't be surprised by the first item on the list: "I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me." Wow! That's powerful, isn't it?

Have you ever felt as though you are doing what's expected? You have too many "shoulds" in your life that come from voices other than your own?

Determine today that you will follow your passion. Follow your heart. Do what you were created to do, what you've been given the gifts to do.

What kind of changes will that mean for your  life? Make one of those changes today and start living the life you really want. Live in a way that's authentic for you. Don't wait.

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