Serving others by serving yourself

Depression & Anxiety, Mindfulness & Mental Health

On Sunday, I wrote a post about enjoying the journey, not just the end goal (which you can read here). I was then chatting with a friend over on Twitter, and we talked about the Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

I’m not sure where I first heard about these, but I go back from time to time and re-read these as a reminder to live in a way that will be fulfilling and enjoyable on a daily basis, not just when I reach my goals.ย (Of course, I’m not saying I need to be happy all the time. Sadness is a part of life. I’m okay with that.)

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, by Bronnie Ware

I found a TEDx talk from the nurse who came up with these ideas to begin with – Bronnie Ware. Her talk started out how I had expected it to, but I especially love what she talks about near the end of her speech. She tells us that if we follow our hearts, without thinking about how it will help others, we will end up in service.

“Enjoy it. Do things that seem absolutely irrelevant to service of others if that’s where your heart is calling you. Because ultimately the more connected you become with your heart’s longing the more it will eventually lead you to service anyway but it will be in a field that will bring you joy as well.” – Bronnie Ware

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