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“There is a fine line between compassion and a victim mentality. Compassion though is a healing force and comes from a place of kindness towards yourself. Playing the victim is a toxic waste of time that not only repels other people, but also robs the victim of ever knowing true happiness.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“There is always a gift in any challenge.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“Life doesn’t owe us anything. We only owe ourselves, to make the most of the life we are living, of the time we have left, and to live in gratitude.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“The same view you look at every day, the same life, can become something brand new by focusing on its gifts rather than the negative aspects. Perspective is your own choice and the best way to shift that perspective is through gratitude, by acknowledging and appreciating the positives.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“... to be in any sort of relationship where you do not express yourself, simply to keep the peace, is a relationship ruled by one person and will never be balanced or healthy.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“Laughter is a very underrated tool for healing.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“There is nothing wrong with loving your work and wanting to apply yourself to it. But there is so much more to life. Balance is what is important, maintaining balance.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“No one owes us anything. We only owe ourselves to get off our backsides, count our blessings, and face our challenges. When you live from that perspective, the gifts pour forth.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“ Surrender is not giving up, far from it. Surrender takes an enormous amount of courage. Often we are only capable of doing so when the pain of trying to control the outcome becomes too much to bear. ”
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“They say though that we do more to avoid pain than we do to gain pleasure. So it is when the pain becomes too much that we finally find the courage to make changes.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“Surrender is not giving up, far from it. Surrender takes an enormous amount of courage. Often we are only capable of doing so when the pain of trying to control the outcome becomes too much to bear. Reaching that point is actually liberating, even if it is not fun. Being able to accept there is absolutely nothing more you can do, other than hand it over to the greater force, is the catalyst that finally opens the flow.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“Don’t worry about the little stuff. None of it matters. Only love matters. If you remember this, that love is always present; it will be a good life”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
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“The only true thing that brings out the best in anyone is love.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“A Buddhist story is that a man came shouting angrily at Buddha, who remained unaffected by him. When questioned by others as to how he remained calm and unaffected, Buddha answered with a question. “If someone gives you a gift and you choose not to receive it, to whom then does the gift belong?” Of course it stays with the giver.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“the chase for more, and the need to be recognised through our achievements and belongings, can hinder us from the real things, like time with those we love, time doing things we love ourselves, and balance. It’s probably all about balance really, isn’t it?”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“Don’t work too hard. Try to maintain balance. Don’t make work your whole life.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“It’s not just about staying in touch with your friends, my dear girl. It is about giving yourself the gift of their company too.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“A Buddhist story is that a man came shouting angrily at Buddha, who remained unaffected by him. When questioned by others as to how he remained calm and unaffected, Buddha answered with a question. “If someone gives you a gift and you choose not to receive it, to whom then does the gift belong?” Of course it stays with the giver. So it was with words that were still unjustly dumped onto me sometimes. I stopped taking them on and instead I felt compassion. After all, those words were not coming from a place of happiness.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“Smile and Know that this time will pass and good will follow.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“Smile and Know, Thank and Know, became my mantra as I went about my days smiling and knowing when I could. As I did so, I was walking in complete faith, which left me naturally wanting to thank as well.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“They say that everything comes down to love or fear: every emotion, every action, and every thought.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“Loneliness isn’t a lack of people. It is a lack of understanding and acceptance.”
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“We can never know the gifts that will flow to us until they arrive, but of one thing I am certain. Courage and honesty are always rewarded.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“Those who accept you as who you are, and who know you very well, are worth more than anything in the end.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“People play the victim forever,” she continued. “But who are they kidding? They are only robbing themselves. Life doesn’t owe you anything. Neither does anyone else. Only you owe yourself. So the best way to make the most out of life is to appreciate the gift of it, and choose not to be a victim.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“The mind knows no answers. The heart knows no questions”.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“Start creating the habit of counting your blessings for being alive today. Take ownership of your life. Shift your priorities. You are going to die! Understand this, and get excited about the gift of today. You are alive right now.”
Bronnie Ware, Your Year for Change: 52 Reflections for Regret-Free Living
“Life is over so quickly. It is possible to reach the end with no regrets. It takes some bravery to live it right, to honour the life you are here to live but the choice is yours. … Appreciate the time you have left by valuing all of the gifts in your life and that includes especially, your own, amazing self.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“When there is limited time left, there is little to lose by being totally honest.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing
“I had to let go first. Trying to control the timing and outcome was a terrible waste of energy. My intentions were already out there and I had taken what action I could. My only job now was to get out of the way.”
Bronnie Ware, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing

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