45 lessons life taught me




 
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45 lessons life taught me
 
May 24th, 2009  
tomtom22
 
 

Topic: 45 lessons life taught me


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. 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."
May 24th, 2009  
A Can of Man
 
 
Nice words.
Uplifting stuff.
May 24th, 2009  
Sevens
 
 
Beautiful.
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45 lessons life taught me
May 25th, 2009  
brooke01
 
 

Topic: Great!


That is so nice and very inspiring!!! I'm glad to have read them, thanks TomTom!!!!
May 25th, 2009  
Lunatik
 
 
Great stuff. I can't say I'm in agreement with all of them though, such as:

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

33. Believe in miracles.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

44. Yield.
May 25th, 2009  
tomtom22
 
 
To each his own.............
May 25th, 2009  
sky2979
 
 
Wow, this is such an inspirational list.....life is truly difficult.....thanks Tom.
May 25th, 2009  
major liability
 
 
Nice list, but I do agree with Lunatik. Some of them are fantastical.
May 25th, 2009  
sky2979
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by major liability
Nice list, but I do agree with Lunatik. Some of them are fantastical.

Time and life will prove otherwise....believe me...been' there...done that..
May 27th, 2009  
gen_custard
 
That's some really inspiring stuff right there.
 


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