Thursday, June 4, 2009

Lessons of life by Regina Brett


I received this in an email and thought it blog worthy. 

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer,
Cleveland , Ohio
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45
lessons life taught me.
It is the most-requested column I've ever
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the
column once
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.
Your friends and
parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea
what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't
be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But
don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But
the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life,
don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy
Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In
five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of
anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone
else's,we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a



Karla said...

Some of the best words of wisdom I have ever heard! Thanks Deanna..this was beautiful, true, and a good lesson on life :-)

Tori_z said...

Great post... Thanks for the share. :)

Betty said...

Very insightful list. Thanks for reproducing it.

Intense Guy said...

46. Take your time to smell Punkn's beautiful roses.

Hope your odometer keeps on rolling over Punkn.


AliceKay said...

I've read this in an email before, and I enjoyed reading it again just now. Lots of wisdom there.

Love the pics.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Thank you for sharing this!! ALL SO TRUE!!

Celticspirit said...

Such wisdom. There is much we can learn from the elderly.

Lainie said...

Awesome pics. I love the orange rose.
I've seen the list previously but always worth repeating.

LadyStyx said...

Wow. I really need to learn to follow number 25 and 28....actually several more...hmm.