‘Teach us to number our days’

Bonnie Weir, a hospice nurse, whose specialist expertise is in caring for patients in the last twelve weeks of life, says that people facing death often develop very deep insights into life. Amongst things people say they wish they’d done, she reports the five most common regrets are: I wish I’d lived life more true to myself than to what others expect of my life. I wish I’d not worked so hard (this was true of every male patient). I wish I’d expressed my real feelings – she reported that many of her patients were tormented by resentments that wouldn’t have there if they hadn’t supressed their feelings to keep the peace. I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friends. And I wish I’d have allowed myself to be happier instead of choosing not to be.
How sad to learn this only when you know you’re about to die. That’s why the Bible says: ‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.’

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