When fear paralyzes us, making it almost impossible to trust our decisions, we can pause and ask ourselves, “On my death bed, will I regret doing this – or will I regret not doing this?” I’ve always thought this was an important question to ask ourselves if we want some peace at the end of our days.
Here are some documented last words said by some very famous people. I wonder what regrets they had to confront in the end?
“Go away! Last words are for fools who haven’t said enough!”-Karl Marx (A Prussian born philosopher and the creator of Marxism. Died on March 14, 1883 from bronchitis)
“Shoot straight, you bastards.”-Breaker Morant (One of the first people in British military history to be found guilty of war crimes, and sentenced to death on February 27, 1902)
“If any of you have a message for the Devil, give it to me quick. I’m about to meet him.”-Lavinia Fisher (Reported to have been the first female serial killer in United States history. She was hanged on February 18, 1820)
“You will show my head to the crowd. It is worth seeing.”-Georges Danton (A leading figure in the early stages of the French Revolution. He was guillotined on April 5, 1794)
“Damn it! Don’t you dare ask God to help me!” Joan Crawford (An American film and television actress. She died of a heart attack on May 10, 1977)
Asking ourselves the question, “In the end, will I regret doing this – or will I regret not doing this?”, helps us face our fears and be fully self aware…
So, even when you’re scared, set those important boundaries in your life that you know are best for your peace of mind. Contribute and help others every chance you get. And say “I love you” every single time you feel it. You won’t regret it. I promise:)