Life Lessons

I received this from my friend Christa as a forward and thought it to be insightful, fun AND inspiring!
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer- Cleveland, OH

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:

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.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."- Romans 6:23


Emily's Blog said…
These are so true, thanks for posting them.
I'm glad to see the kids getting big and Faith is turning into a cutie.
Ruthie said…
Great, great advice. Now if only we would all take it.
Me said…
Thank you...I needed to be reminded of these things!!!
Brigitte said…
I needed to read these right about now! Thanks!! :)
Christa Mc said…
I just love this and should read it every day
Anonymous said…
Love it!
Tricia said…
Love this...thanks! Would it be ok if I used it in my own blog/email? I will give you both credit?

Have a super day
Thank you Kenzie for the reminder ,,, sometimes the trivial things seem so much more important than they should be ...

God Bless!
Rebekah and her girls
Tanya said…
I love these! I always have to be reminded not to take myself too seriously and not to compare with others because everyone has their own journey.

Thanks for putting these up!
Amy said…
This is great! I printed it so I can read it often.

Have a great week!
Carol said…
Thank you for visiting my daughter's website that was so sweet. Please keep Carson in your thoughts and prayers as he gets his first Botox treatment for his legs this Wednesday, the 24th. They think it will help him walk. I pray that it will be successful.
Again visiting your site today and looking at your list many of them relate to my situation.
Please say a little prayer for Carson(that the botox and therapy will help him walk) , Brooks, ( he will start sleeping), and that dear sweet Cooper knows how much he is loved and missed everyday.
Katy said…
That's good and something I really needed to read on this day!

Thank you!
The Nichols Fam said…
These are great! Thank you! My favorites: 13, 15, 17, 26, 28, 29 and 30. Love it!
Charisse said…
Hello there!!! I came to you from MckMama's Not Me Monday. I love this post. I hope you do not mind, but I am going to copy this and post it on my blog. I think it is something that the dear people in my life need to hear/read.

Please feel free to stop on by anytime. :-)
Jessica said…
Great advice!! Thanks!

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