Bronnie has spent her life ever growing, changing and adapting to life's processes as she navigates her way through the the journey we must all take. For many years Bronnie worked with and in the homes of those taking the inevitable final task; dying. Throughout the book she shares not only her own memoir, but the beginnings, middles and ends of many people who have so much insight to give. It is not only the regrets that they recite to her, but also the joyous lessons and personal growth they have learned. There are so many incredible life lessons to be heard, and learn them you do. The amazing thing though, is that you do not have to wait until your final moments to discover and start practicing them. We have the opportunity to embrace and begin living the life we desire and deserve. Bronnie expresses how she herself did this, and shares how you too can do it.
This is an inspiring and immaculate book which I honestly feel every single person in the world should read. The 'fixer' in me, who I am learning to heal, wants to shove it in everyone I know faces'. I want to put it in school libraries and talk about it over every meal I have. And yet, I remember and hold dear this quote from the book " You also want to help others clean theirs [muck] off. But they have to do it themselves, as no one but them knows just how fragile they are underneath". I have truly taken on so many wonderful advice and strategies from The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, but the acknowledgment that the growth is ever present and ever lasting gives me hope and joy for all that is to come.
Acquired from: Hay House Australia
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are entirely my own*
Q&A with author Bronnie Ware:
1. Living a mindfully happy life is a life-long journey. What do you think is a good first step?
To accept that it is actually a step-by-step process. In doing so, the focus becomes on the present step rather than always striving to a future date and missing the potential bliss of the moment. The more present we become, the happier life is.
2. What is your favourite book? Are there any you would recommend to your readers?
There have been some significant books that have shaped my journey. But my favourite, and the most influential, has been ‘Footprints on the Path’ by Eileen Caddy. I’ve had it for years and still get more from it any time I open the pages. I absolutely love that book.
3. Reading your book exposes us to a life time of learning and growth in matter of 245 pages. There are so many life changing thoughts we are able to take on. What would be the one lesson you want your readers to take away from your book?
Give yourself permission to truly enjoy your life. Time is a gift. Use it incredibly well.