My 2012 New Year’s Reminders

Well, Santa has visited, the presents have been unwrapped, we’ve said goodbye to 2011 and we’ve welcomed 2012. It’s only the second week of January and I’m sure that many of you are already back at work and back in your routines.

On New Year’s Eve I was trolling through Facebook, as you do, and was reading everyone’s NY resolutions and was wondering what mine would be. THEN I came across an interesting blog that really impacted on me. It was written by a nurse who for many years worked in the Palliative Care Unit, holding the hands of those who made their last breaths and supporting the families and friends of those that left us.

In this blog she reveals the top 5 Regrets that people have made on their deathbed. Now, I know you’re probably wondering why on earth I’m focusing on death so early in 2012; but it’s not the death part that impacted me; it was the re-realisation that life is meant for living!

So, what were the top 5 regrets….well, this is where it gets interesting:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
  2. I wish I didn’t work so hard
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier

Click here to read the source blog

As I read the top 5 regrets and the rest of the blog I reviewed my 2012 NY Resolution list and realized that my list didn’t really contain anything of  true substance. So for about 30 minutes I made mental note, after mental note of what should be my NY Resolution given my recent readings.

Then I wondered, why on earth am I making lists???? Surely I’m being a tad premature???? Why don’t I just keep all those mental lists and put actions against each of the points to ensure they didn’t end up on my regrets list.

So that’s exactly what I did. I ditched my 2012 NY Resolution list and wrote my 2012 Reminders List, including my “permission” list (that’s the list that contains a list of things that I give myself the permission to do).  And here’s what I came up with:

  1. If it’s meant to happen it will, even if you don’t think it will or if you think the circumstances aren’t right.
  2. Try not to do things you don’t enjoy doing, life is too short.
  3. You can never make the same mistake twice, because the second time it’s not a mistake, it’s a choice.
  4. Whatever the decision you make, is the right one for that moment in time.
  5. Appreciate your good health; you’ll miss it when it’s gone.
  6. Sometimes blood isn’t thicker than water.
  7. Plan a holiday; everyone needs something to look forward to.
  8. Be happy with what you have; who you are and where you are…..if you’re not, then change it.
  9. Sometimes, no matter what the research tell you, you should just go ahead and have that drink if it makes you feel more human.
  10. It’s never too late to be who you wanted to be.

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So why not contact us today; to help you get as much (both professionally and personally) out of 2012 as you can.

Life is a choice. It is YOUR life. Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly and choose happiness.