Saturday, January 2, 2010

Life Lessons

Welcome! I am so glad you decided to stop in. At my age, I have lots of life lessons. I received this in an email a few weeks ago. I wanted to share with others. I hope your New Year is wonderful.

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 pay cheque.
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.

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.
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. You are loved.
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."

Thank you for stopping in.


  1. I loved 26, 38, and 45! AL VERY GREAT, AND TRUE... Some I even need to do! Thanks for this post!

  2. Jeanette-I have seen this and loved it...especially #'s 40 and 43. 2010 is going to be year that I concentrate on thank you for reminding me :)

  3. Jeanette,
    I love 29 and 40! I would do well to ponder on these more often! I like what Susan said, I need to focus on being thankful as well!
    Dee Dee

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I've been making a big effort to work on #21 - it kills 2 birds w/ 1 stone - you get to enjoy the special item, plus it reduces clutter from all the stuff you "save" laying around! :)

  5. I am lovin' number 19!! and number 39!! Thank you for the wonderful lessons!

  6. I like #40. Can't say I've ever heard that one. Thanks for sharing. Rosie

  7. I love this ... so true! Thank you for the lessons and for being a blogging friend.
    Blessings and Hugs,

  8. Jeanette... thanks for stopping by and visiting French Lique today. I enjoyed your comment telling me about your hubby's parents silver... these are priceless treasures that we'll share with our family for decades (and possibly centuries) to come...

    I enjoyed this post... what a wonderful way to begin the new year. Stop back by anytime...

    blessings... Dixie

  9. Great post... I agree with many... especially #6!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Jeanette, I just checked my site before I headed off to bed and saw your comment. I am praying for you- please let me know how you are.

  11. Well, this is such a good list! A few of them caught my eye and pricked my conscience! :)

  12. Excellent list! Some favorites are 6, 25, 29... they are all very true!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting me today.

  13. They are all great. Thanks for sharing these!!

  14. Thanks for the sweet b'day wishes.

    So glad I am not the only one who thinks the ballerinas are adorable

  15. Boy, I sure do need to pay attention to #26 more! Thanks for sharing this and for your comments over at my blog. Looking forward to getting to know you!

  16. Excellent list and so very true. A wise woman!
    Happy New Year!

  17. Great list - I want to print it and frame it as it so inspiring! I really need to be reminded of all these things daily. Thank you for posting this!

  18. What great reminders. This is just what I needed, so thank you.