In a recent, informal poll people in their 90’s were asked what were their biggest regrets? Most of their regrets revolved around family and how they wished their relationships with family members or between family members were different.
Most people also cited that the happiest times in their life involved being with family.
It was telling that none of the 90-year olds mentioned any regrets related to having more money or working more. Quite the contrary. One man was asked, “Do you wish you accomplished more?” and he responded, “No, I wish I loved more.”
Regrets have a way of weighing us down. While it’s impossible to live a “regret-free” life, we certainly want to avoid looking back with them. If we were to take the advice of those nearly a century-old, we’d spend more time today investing in the most important people in our lives – our family and our friends. Whether that is spending more time with them or working past our differences.
What can you do today, so that when you make it to 90 we have less regret when it comes to your relationships?
*Eric Allen has his Masters in Counseling. When he’s not on B105.7, he works as a private practice therapist*
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