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42 lessons life taught me - from a 90-year old woman

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Written by a 90 year old

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

... Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 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 Ė enjoy it..

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

11. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

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

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

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

17. It's never too late to be happy. But itís all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

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

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but donít forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

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

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

31. Believe in miracles.

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

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

34. Your children get only one childhood.

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

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come...

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

41. Yield.

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

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PCOH051610 2/12/2013 7:06PM

    That is truly lovely! Thank you for sharing

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OTEN36 2/2/2013 10:43AM

    that was great!
Thanks for sharing
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GK1963 1/31/2013 6:24PM

    Great article!

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LIVINGFREE19 1/31/2013 4:48PM

    Love it!

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KENDRACARROLL 1/31/2013 11:41AM

    Love it!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 1/31/2013 1:20AM

    Great blog.

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IUHRYTR 1/30/2013 10:51PM

    Inspiring insights. -- Lou

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FRAN0426 1/30/2013 5:02PM

    Fantastic thoughts for everyone to read, and think about one persons view of life and how to live it. Somehow I think she has been one spunky, wonderful lady. May so have many more years to live.

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MJ7DM33 1/30/2013 3:17PM

  emoticon Thx for sharing!!!

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CODEMAULER 1/30/2013 2:37PM

    What a terrific article! I could see a number of blogs being inspired by this list. Thank you for sharing this with your SparkBuddies!!


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MAMISHELI53 1/30/2013 12:14PM

    Thanks for sharing that!
It is important to remember that we only pass through this life once. I like to live in the way that I would like to be remembered.
Blessings on your journey to a healthy lifestyle.

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