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I’d like to start by wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
More importantly though, I’d like to share an article that I recently read. And while the timing for such a piece may seem off, life is often unpredictable and unfair. I actually consider the holiday season to be the ideal time for this entry.
The article below was written by a palliative care worker that interacted closely with countless patients who were approaching their final days of life. Within the short piece, the author shares five of the most common regrets that were expressed by her patients.
I first read the article early last week. As I approached the 4th regret listed within, I made a mental note to give my best friend since elementary school a call to wish him and his family a Merry Christmas. While we’ve been best friends for well over 20 years, it had been too long since we last spoke.
Upon finishing the article, my gut reaction was to pick up the phone that moment, but I decided to wait until this week as there was still plenty of time before Christmas. Unfortunately, less than a week later, I received the tragic news that my best friend had died in a car accident. He died on Tuesday.
I’m now kicking myself as I wish I had taken five minutes out of my day to give my friend one last call.
In summary, I don’t mean to put a damper on the holiday season. I do however think it is a good time to be reminded that life is precious and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed. Each day is a gift. Embrace your friends and family during this holiday season and take the time to reconnect with those that you haven’t seen in a while.
Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once. – Lillian Dickson13 comments