Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Written by a woman on her 90th birthday


My friend forwarded this to me and I thought it was just so perfect I had to share it with you all...
great life lessons we could all do with being reminded of every day.



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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:


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."



What do you think? Don't you wish you could have told your 16yr old self these great pearls of wisdom - and made yourself listen. 

Image above via here

Have a great day everyone,

7 comments:

  1. What a sensible but great list and I just love that image too Janette! X

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  2. That's wonderful, the best list I've read! Rachaelxx

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  3. Words to live by for sure. Love it! K xx

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  4. What a great piece Janette, some really thought provoking lines in there that make you think and reassess things in your life. Enjoy your afternoon, hope it's sunny like it is here x

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  5. My 16 year old self needed this and probably the lady who wrote it. So, I will keep it for now.

    Thank you

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  6. oh I hate to be a party pooper Janette, but these kinda rolls make me queasy... like we are all stupid or something... I know people say how much they like them, but I still feel uncomfortable around them - Obviously I'm happy that it has such a positive effect on others... just my winge of the week! LOL

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Thanks! I love reading your comments! Jxx