45 LESSONS in LIFE - by Regina Brett
by Paul D Berube
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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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 written." My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more.
Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
When in doubt, take the next small step.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
Stay in touch.
Pay off your credit cards every month.
You don't have to win every argument.
Agree to disagree.
Cry with someone.
It's more healing than crying alone.
It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
Save for retirement starting
with your first paycheck.
When it comes to chocolate,
resistance is futile.
Make peace with your past
so it won't screw up the present.
It's OK to let your children see you cry.
Don't compare your life to others.
You have no idea what their journey
is all about.
If a relationship has to be a secret,
you shouldn't be in it.
Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry, God never blinks.
Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
Get rid of anything that isn't
useful, beautiful or joyful.
Whatever doesn't kill you,
really does make you stronger.
It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
Burn the candles, use the nice sheets,
wear the fancy lingerie.
Don't save it for a special occasion.
Today is special.
Over prepare, then go with the flow.
Be eccentric now.
Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
The most important sex organ is the brain.
No one is in charge of your happiness
Frame every so called disaster with these words,
'In five years, will this matter?'
Always choose life.
Forgive everyone, everything.
What other people think of you
is none of your business.
Time heals almost everything.
Give time, time.
However good or bad a situation is,
it will change.
Don't take yourself so seriously.
No one else does.
Believe in miracles.
God loves you because of who God is,
not because of anything you did
or didn't do.
Don't audit life.
Show up and make the most of it now.
Growing old beats the alternative,
Your children get only one childhood.
All that truly matters in the end
is that you loved.
Get outside every day.
Miracles are waiting everywhere.
If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
Envy is a waste of time.
You already have all you need.
The best is yet to come.
No matter how you feel,
get up, dress up and show up.
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 ourselves.
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|Reviewed by Inspire Hope
|This is beautiful and filled with wise counsel, I need to send this to my library! This is much appreciated Paul and so are you, blessings of favor from the Lord be upon you and your family be encouraged.
|Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
|Thanks for sharing her profound ideas! There is much wisdom in these words!.....M|
|Reviewed by Cindy Tuttle
|I loved this Paul!She is a very smart woman. Thanks for sharing her wisdom with us. This was great!With Love,Cindy|
|Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
|Hey Paul, I like what you did with this. Nice job.|
|Reviewed by Rose Rideout
|This is like reading a bible for a good life. Thank you for sharing.
Newfie hugs, Rose
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|Wonderful write, Paul; thanks for sharing!
(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
|Reviewed by Felix Perry
|So very true and yet we forget most of them so easily.
|Reviewed by Christine Alwin
|...if only we all lived by these words, wise lady.|