I was recently moved by Australian writer and former hospice nurse Bronnie Ware's article The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying. Her unique perspective on the human experience was forged while caring for hundreds of people in the last weeks to months before their death.
Today I'm going to explore two of those regrets because they represent truths that we stand for and promote daily at Acru Health. I believe these regrets are related and have application for almost everyone.
1. The dying wished they had let themselves be happier.
2. They wished they'd had the courage to live the life of their dreams rather than the life others expected of them. (In fact, this was their most common regret)
Many of Ware’s patients expressed the sentiment that they had goals and dreams throughout their lives but due to the slavery of their comfort zones they settled for what was expected of them. There is a saying that “hindsight is 20/20”, which translated means that it's easier to look back on an event or in this case a life with a clearer perspective than when living it forward from moment to moment.
Regret is a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done. Possibly more importantly in this case it's about the path and actions that haven't been taken.
You may be asking yourself why we at Acru Health care about your regrets in life or what this has to do with precision chiropractic.
Well, foundationally we believe that you have a purpose and that you're equipped with unique talents, abilities and gifts to fulfill that purpose. If you choose not to engage in life at your highest level due to fear of the unknown or failure, or you aren't capable of participating at peak intensity due to low energy, pain, diminished focus, emotional distress or declining health, then the world suffers by not receiving your full contribution. You also suffer through lack of optimal fulfillment.
Commonly people delay taking action on their goals and dreams due to the tyranny of the now (work, bills, kids, etc.). Sadly, many wait until it's too late. Are the undetected and unresolved injuries and overwhelming stresses of your life now sabotaging your future ability to live to your potential?
Bronnie Ware declared that “From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.” Our utmost desire for you at Acru Health is that your health never becomes a barrier between you and the fulfillment of your dreams and purpose.
Ask yourself if the daily actions you are currently taking with respect to your health are compatible with your most important goals. A key place to start is with a computerized assessment of your nervous system, looking for stress disturbance and imbalance. Your nervous system is the master system of your whole body. It's important to periodically evaluate it for interference, which would prevent you from functioning at 100%.
How much easier would it be to avoid the regret of not living happier if you were physically, emotionally and spiritually strong and vital? How much easier would it also be to summon the courage to take the necessary risks in reaching for the life of your dreams versus the safer conformity to other's expectations if you were more vibrant and alive? How might greater health prevent enslavement to limiting comfort zones?
Optimal neural function via precise and gentle instrument adjustments to the spine is a key component of the health equation and sadly often the most overlooked. Continue to connect with us at Acru Health for a variety of strategies for building greater health and thereby living with less regret.
A full life is not defined simply by the quantity of years lived, but more so by the quality of those years. Learn from the regrets of others and take charge of your health today remembering that each day is a gift and the next is never guaranteed.
Yours toward accruing greater health,
The Acru Health Team