Imagine that you could bend time and sit down to tea with with yourself at age 95. What would your elder self, who already knows how it all turned out, say to you? Think of your wise sage self completing these sentences:

I’m so grateful that you had the courage to………

I only wish you would have spent more time enjoying………

Please let go of your bad feelings about ………..I realize now it didn’t matter in the big picture.

I’m most proud of you for …………

Forgive yourself for ………. You did the best you could.

Forgive ………… It will liberate you.

Make a list of all of the things you want to make sure you do in this lifetime.  It could include big things like hiking the Grand Canyon or learning to paint and heartfelt things like making sure your family and friends know how much you love them.

Prioritize your list and start on the top three things right now!

Deb Purdy is the author of Something Gained: 7 Shifts to Be Stronger, Smarter & Happier After Divorce. To learn more, visit

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