Lessons in Life

ddavisgrayJanuary 20, 2007

This was sent to me by my Aunt, thought you guys might like it too.

"Lessons in Life"

By Regina Brett 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 rolls over to 50 this week, so here's an update:

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. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

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. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

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 except 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.

  1. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

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

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

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. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

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

45. The best is yet to come.

46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don't ask, you don't get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.


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That about sums it up!

#6....I've heard it said that we agree to disagree agreeably.

Thanks for posting this, Doris.


    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 9:28AM
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Thanks doris. Wisdom with humor.


    Bookmark   January 21, 2007 at 3:44PM
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Thanks for posting this! All are so true! #26 - sometimes I even think "in 24 HOURS, will this be as important - troublesome - upsetting - etc. etc. etc." Alot of times, it isn't!

    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 1:26PM
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Thanks Doris. That is a lot to think about. Colleen

    Bookmark   January 22, 2007 at 4:43PM
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My mom's latest philosophy is "If it'll be amusing 12 hours from now, it's amusing now."

I really like it.

~ Kit

By the way, resistance is only futile if less than one ohm. /geekiness

    Bookmark   January 23, 2007 at 5:24PM
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Growing old certainly does beat the alternative doesn't it? I lost my parents when I was in my early 20's. Mom was 60 Dad was 54. They died 13 months apart, much too young to die. I have decided to grow old and drive my child nuts. I tell him regularly that I changed his diapers and I expect the same from him when the time comes!!


    Bookmark   January 24, 2007 at 8:15AM
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