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Monday, September 26, 2011

Absolutely Unacceptable Regrets

I have an amazing job.
I work with a group of people who are forward-thinking, team-oriented and successful.
In our executive meeting today we did a little exercise that, I think, is valuable for everyone. Here it is for you:

Imagine today is 5 years in the future. This is the last day of your life. Now list 5 regrets you absolutely do NOT want to have.
(One of mine: I do NOT want to regret that I didn't enjoy the moment every day of my life)

Looking at those 5 regrets now, next to each one write down WHY those would be horrible regrets to have.
(for that regret: that would mean that I would have missed out on the best part of this mortal experience)

In the next column, next list what you are doing or are not doing right now that COULD lead to having that regret.
(for me: sometimes I get caught up in the urgent "must do's" and get a little psycho over things that I have no control over)

The last column is where you list what you can implement RIGHT NOW to ensure that you do NOT have those regrets.
(my action plan: remind myself regularly to let go of things that don't matter; begin each day with meaningful prayer; include in my prayers requests for charity and for clarity)

Interesting fact: for me, in the last column I had the same answer for 3 of my possible regrets. This was an insightful exercise that helped me readjust my priorities. Hope you find it useful too.

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  1. WOW! That is worth doing! You are a marvel in pointing out the meaningful things of life!
    Hope you have a happy day with no regrets.


  2. What a great idea! I'll be doing this.

  3. interesting. mmmm today is my birthday and this seems like a REALLY good thing to do. Kind of a 'life check up'

  4. great project and exercise! i love how you have such insightful posts.

  5. This is probably a good idea to do every few years, starting at a young age.:)

  6. I have to try this. Although, since I lost my brother to cancer last year I'm much more aware of the brief lives we have.

    This is my first visit to your blog and I loved the story behind your blog. You have beautiful hair!

  7. I thought I replied to this post, but apparently I just imagined that.

    I e-mailed this post to myself and am doing it now... Thank you. I especially appreciated your personal reflections of this project.