Today’s Illustration: “I have no regrets!”

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I have always been taken back by those who say, “I have no regrets.”   Here is some interesting introductory or illustrative material which addresses the theme of regrets.

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Who:  Bonnie Ware — Born in Australia — February 15, 1967

* author —The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing / Your Year For Change: 52 Reflections For Regret-Free Living / Bloom: A Tale of Courage, Surrender, and Breaking Through Upper Limits
* blogger — “Live Without Regrets.” —
* songwriter
* motivational speaker

What:  Author of — “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying” – Published 2019 – Bronnie Ware’s books have been translated into German, Portuguese, French, and Spanish

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying – A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing is a 2012 book by Bronnie Ware.


Ware first shared the insights in a 2009 blog post, “Regrets of the Dying”. The blog post was widely shared worldwide and by 2012 had been read by eight million people.

In 2012 Ware expanded her blog post into a book memoir, The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, which was translated into 27 languages.

Top five regrets of the dying

According to Bronnie Ware, the five most common regrets shared by people nearing death were:

  1. “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
  2. “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”
  3. “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”
  4. “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”
  5. “I wish that I had let myself be happier.”

A 2018 study reached similar conclusions, finding that people were more likely to express “ideal-related regrets”, such as failing to follow their dreams and live up to their full potential

Key Illustrative Words:

  • regret
  • mistakes
  • sinful choices
  • temptations
  • do-overs/mulligans
  • the past
  • guilt
  • depression
  • forgiveness
  • IF

Key Illustrative Thoughts:

  • Greater regrets as Christians
  • Different regrets as Christians
  • Share & common regrets as believers
  • No regrets?  Impossible
  • No regrets, no self-awareness
  • Regrets without oppressing guilt
  • “The saddest words of pen and man — it could have been.”


  • When there are no regrets, there is likewise no self-awareness
  • No regrets, no sensibility to sin.
  • Forgiveness: Regrets Without Anguish
  • Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets — Andy Stanley book title

Book Titles: Many times book titles provide a way to make a point.

  • A Marriage Without Regrets: No matter where you are or where you’ve been, you can have a marriage without regrets — book by Kay Arthur
  • One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regrets Life — by Kelly & Chris Shook

Additional Information & Links

Bronnie Ware Article Link:

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