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2013-05-06 - People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I have learned never to underestimate someone's capacity for growth. When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced among those who knew they were experiencing their last days. Here are the most common five: 1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it. 2. I wish I didn't work so hard. This came from every male patient I nursed. They missed their children's youth and their partner's companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. By creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle. 3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings. Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result. 4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks, and it was not always possible to track them down. It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end. 5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to themselves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again. Life is a choice. It is your life. Choose consciously, choose wisely and choose honestly. Choose happiness. Thanks to Bronnie Ware, from: AARP, February 1, 2012 for this great reminder. To read the entire article go to http://tinyurl.com/7rmm8sg
2011-02-07 - Have you checked your will lately? Have you had more children, marital status changed, changed jobs, or bought property? These are just a few of the reasons why you may want to update your will. If your estate plan does not account for such events, after your death, your estate may not be distributed as you would have wanted.