Saturday, June 28, 2014

45 life lessons

I received another email with some self help advice from one of the newsletters that I read. The writer stated that the advice was written by a 93 year old. While the advice is good the author is not 93 she is much younger, it is a shame that the author of the email sent to me thought the advice would not be as believable if it was from a person in their 50's. Good advice is good advice no matter the age of the person giving you the advice. Enjoy the advice. 

The author is  Regina Brett who is  a columnist for The Plain Dealer, she is not 90 years old. She is only 58 as of May, 2014!  Check out her website for the rest of the story.  Turns out that someone converted her age "50" to "90" in the e-mail.  Her original column was published May 28, 2006, when she really did turn 50!  I "Googled" "Regina Brett The Plain Dealer" for the "rest of the story."

Regina introduces her column by saying that on Sunday, May 28, 2006, "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 is an update -- Regina Brett's 45 life lessons and 5 to grow on.”  Here is the original column. 

  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 pay check.
  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 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 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.
  30. 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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