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45 Lessons Life Taught Me - Regina Brett

Saturday, November 24, 2012

These 45 life lessons were shared by BRITOMART and although I've seen some of them before, I had to share again...

This is written by Regina Brett, a well-known columnist and author, and, I think, host of some sort of talk show. Ms. Brett is also a cancer survivor. Originally, this was a column in the Cleveland, Ohio, Plain Dealer. What a wise soul!! ...she was born in 1956--making her my near-contemporary. That means there may be hope for me--us--to gain such wisdom. Because this has been published on the net many times, I doubt I'm infringing copyright.

SARAWALKS continues - I'm 11 years older than Ms. Brett, but I still think there's hope for me!

Repost and add your choice!
I have 3 today: #s 22-24! I also like # 35 a lot! And right now, I need to remember # 39...

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

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."
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    #1, 39, 40 . . . but wow these are all good!!
    1978 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    There are so many good ones there. #1 really resonated for some reason this morning though.
    2032 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    #39 is my favorite. If I let a day go by without getting outside, I feel a sense of disappointment and an opportunity wasted. I have seen lots of little miracles in my time outdoors. Thanks for posting this. I agree with lots of the items.
    2032 days ago
  • CELLO23
    Thanks, Sara - could have done with these a few decades ago, too :). 11, 17 and 32 are resonating with me today.

    Yep, need to go and do some 39!
    2036 days ago
    19, 21 and 26. Very wise words. Very wise indeed!!
    2037 days ago
    WOW, thank you so much for sharing this, Sara! I am not surprised it is having such success, I love it. There are so many of these lessons I wish I would have known years ago. :) And there are quite a few I still need to learn! My favorite? #42!
    2038 days ago
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