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45 Lessons Life Taught Me
By Jeanette Cooper   
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Last edited: Sunday, August 28, 2011
Posted: Tuesday, June 16, 2009

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This list contains much wisdom. Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, and widely spread on the e-mail circuit, I'm sure it is okay if you want to make a copy.

 

45 Lessons Life Taught Me

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.."

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

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 disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
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 present.
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 joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
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 lingerie. 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 purple.
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 business.
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 now.

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 gift."

Remember that I will always share my spoon with you!
Friends are the family that we choose for ourself.
 

 

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/9/2012
JEANETTE, I AM SAVING THIS IN MY LIBRARY...I LOVE I! THANKS FOR SHARING. LOVE, BLESSING AND FAITH...JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/20/2009
GODD ADVISE TO LIVE BY and true words of wisdom. Some of her sayings remind me of Will Rogers...M
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 6/30/2009
Words of wisdom. I found myself nodding at some of these comments. Thanks for sharing this gem, Jeanette.
Sheila
Reviewed by Richard Orey 6/18/2009
If life is a school filled with lessons to learn, how is it we can't seem to graduate by the time we reach adulthood?

I don't really care for body tattoos. But if I did, having these 45 lessons printed on my skin might be good use of spare space. Of course, then I might add a Number 46: Don't desecrate God's temple!

And the list goes on. As humans, we sure seem to need a lot of after-market touch-ups.

Thanks for sharing really good words, Jeanette.
Richard
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 6/18/2009
Jeanette, this is wonderful! It goes into my library and thank you for sharing it!



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