“You have some time left, Mr. Banks. You have some life left. My advice to you is: live it well.” —Dr. Ellison to Joe Banks in the movie Joe Vs. The Volcano
“Life is a choice. It is your life. Choose consciously, choose wisely and choose honestly. Choose happiness.” —Ross M. Horowitz
from 5 Top Regrets of the Dying
- Choose happiness. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called comfort of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. 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.
- Courageously express your feelings. Don’t hold bitterness or resentment. “We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.”
- Honor your dreams and work at fulfilling them. You may not reach all of them, but if you don’t try you will regret it. There are choices you can make. [See Finding your Bliss—WTHDTM?]
- Don’t work so hard. Simplify your lifestyle to reduce dependence on income, so that you can be open to new opportunities (dreams), have friends (love and relationships).
- Keep in touch with your golden friendships. Know at least how to contact them in the event that you end up facing death. But, also, give friendships more time and effort. It all comes down to love and relationships in the end.
From an original article by Ross M. Horowitz on the AARP website, summarized and emphasis added by Rachel Ernst.