This blog will hopefully inspire you, warm your heart, make you smile and feel positive.

regret

Barack Obama (US President)

“When Malia and Sasha were younger, work kept me away from home more than it should have. At times, the burden of raising our two daughters has fallen too heavily on Michelle. During the campaign, not a day went by that I didn’t wish I could spend more time with the family I love more than anything else in the world.”

Paul McCartney (Musician, Member of the Beatles)

“At night when she (his mother) came home, she would cook, so we didn’t have a lot of time with each other. But she was just a very comforting presence in my life. And when she died, one of the difficulties I had, as the years went by, was that I couldn’t recall her face so easily. That’s how it is for everyone, I think. As each day goes by, you just can’t bring their face into your mind, you have to use photographs and reminders like that. So in this dream 12 years later, my mother appeared, and there was her face, completely clear, particularly her eyes, and she said to me very gently, very reassuringly: ‘Let it be’.”

Martha Stewart (Professional Homemaker)

“I regret that I haven’t had more children. But my daughter has two babies now, so the family is growing.”

Aung San Suukyi (Politician, Nobel Peace Prize Winner)

“I would like to have been together with my family. I would like to have seen my sons growing up. But I don’t have doubts about the fact that I had to choose to stay with my people here.”

Usher (Singer, Producer)

“Instead of being there when he (his father) was sick, I was working. There was no amount of money that could have fixed my father’s health, but I could have just spent that time with him.”

Erin Callan (Former CFO of Lehman Brothers)

“I don’t have children, so it might seem that my story lacks relevance to the work-life balance debate. Like everyone, though, I did have relationships – a spouse, friends and family – and none of them got the best version of me. They got what was left over.”

There’s a common theme among their regrets – they wish they hadn’t worked so damn hard. They regret they hadn’t taken a break more often to focus on the relationships that really matter. So step away from your computer screen for a family dinner tonight.

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