We live in an age of acronyms. Acronyms are words formed by using the first letter of several words. For instance, ASAP (as soon as possible), KISS (keep it simple stupid), RAM (random access memory), MADD (mothers against drunk drivers), and NASA (National Aeronautic & Space Administration). Even though we already have a long list of acronyms that we must remember, I would like to add one more to that ever-increasing list. My acronym is KASLOR.
Before I tell you what KASLOR means, I would like to sensitize you to the need of incorporating KASLOR into your life by having you take a short test. Jot down all the things that you would regret having not done during your life if you were to die today. For example, your list of regrets might include not hugging your husband or child this morning. You may also regret not resolving a conflict with your mother. You might be remorseful about not taking better care of your health by quitting smoking or not exercising. You might kick yourself for not seeing Europe or skydiving.
My list of regrets would include not taking education more seriously when I was in college, not learning to play the bagpipes, not saving enough to afford my dream home by a lake with cottages for all my kids, not being sure that my loved ones clearly knew how much I loved them-and my list goes on.
Death is a reality. The time and circumstances of our deaths are yet to be determined. However, the one thing that is known is that we will all die. While death is both regrettable and unavoidable, we need not compound it by deploring that we left life without doing all that we truly wanted to do. Here are some suggestions that will assure you a full life so that when you do die, you won't have a lot of regrets.
My addition to the seemingly endless list of acronyms is KASLOR, which means, "Keep a short list of regrets." If you follow these suggestions and implement the principle of KASLOR in your life, when you do die, you will do so with a short list of regrets about the time you spent in this wonderful world, and you will have accomplished much. More importantly, your loved ones will know about your feelings for them, and you will have lived a life well spent.
This article appeared in the Dixon Telegraph on 9/23/99.