Living without regrets

Don’t wonder what might have been, make it happen

By Kelly Hockenberry, Columnist, The Times

UTKellyRev2ColumnI can be sappy sometimes.

And, never more so than when I read articles like this one about the regrets of dying people (  UGH.  Heart strings.

I don’t want to regret ANYTHING.  Right?  Don’t you feel that way?

Their list of 37 points was pretty spot on (especially loved #’s  1, 6, 15, 17, 26 & 33!) but, I wanted to add a few more of my own:










• Never refuse a piece of birthday cake…just because it is nice to celebrate a person’s birth with something sweet and it will NOT ruin your diet.  (Good grief)

• Stop wishing for more money.  Money never equals happiness.  Just look at studies of lottery winners.

• Appreciate your body for the amazing things that it does on a daily basis.  Never take your health and well-being for granted.  (This is cliché but so very true, isn’t it?)

• Not giving maximum effort.  Isn’t it much easier to slack off and take the easy road?  Don’t.

• Never being quiet by yourself.  Appreciating that nothing bad will happen if you don’t check Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  The world will still revolve.

• Being too busy to read a book.  There should be no such thing.

• Realizing that doing your best may not be enough and that’s OK.

• Be a role model.  Every time in every way.

• Be the first to say “I’m sorry”.

• Give kisses and hugs to each other (no matter the age).

• Never go to bed angry.  I always loved this one because it gives you the promise of a fresh morning.

Which numbers in the list of 37 where your favorites?  And, more importantly, do you have any to add  to mine?

Please, leave your comments below!

Happy Weekend! 

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  1. kelly says:

    Dear Nonny Mouse,
    I LOVE your list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. A Nonny Mouse says:

    I agree!

    My thoughts on things to have to never regret:

    Never refuse to throw the ball for the dog – their joy is worth ten times the 10 minutes you lose out of your day.

    Never answer the phone when your kid is sitting there talking to you. You will never regret it. And, get voicemail.

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