I’ve been volunteering at a hospice as I’ve always been drawn to palliative care from the time I was a student. This morning, I was pushing an elderly lady around the gardens and she asked me to stop to gaze at the colourful flowers. They brought a smile to her face. Then she spotted 2 little sparrows and she was delighted.
As I left the hospice, I asked myself, if I was on my deathbed what would I regret? Most likely, I would regret being overly harsh on my kids and yelling at them so much, instead of disciplining them with gentleness and love. Most likely, I would regret the many times I brushed them aside while I tend to all my seemingly more ‘important’ work. Most likely, I would regret choosing to be angry at them instead of immediately forgiving them and hugging them tightly in my arms.
And I asked myself, if I was on my deathbed, what would I be thinking about? Would I be able to easily bring up all the beautiful and happy moments with my family? Would I have uncountable memories of good times, filled with fun and laughter, tears and joy with my closest friends?
At the end of my life, what would I be left with? Things? Titles? Or People?
It takes death to put life into perspective.
However, to live life fully like there is no tomorrow, that is the hard part.
Lesson #8: A lesson on sincerity taught to me by #1
Lesson #9: Passion vs Family
Lesson #10: Finding our children’s gifts and talents
Lesson #11: Teach our children compassion by little actions
Lesson #13: 6 common sleep mistakes for babies
Lesson #14: How to talk to boys vs girls
Lesson #15: Ban books? What are you gonna do about phones?
Lesson #16: What have we done to our children?
Lesson #17: My son the loan shark
Lesson #18: 10 House Rules for Gadget Use
Lesson #19: Why we went on holiday just before the PSLE
Lesson #20: What must kids do for us to stop pushing them over the edge?
Lesson #21: Who’s selfish? The kids or me?