45 Life Lessons

This was sent to me a while ago and I stored it away in my draft folder.  Wow! These truly are 45 wise things to remember as we walk this life God has given us.   This list was was written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the local newspaper “The Plain Dealer”, Cleveland, Ohio.  Hope it makes you think and re-think a few things~

“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 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.


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.
A men to all of that! Right?  Have a great rest of the week, friends.

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Comments

  1. A truly awesome list. Brings so many things into perspective! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Smelling Coffee says:

    Hi Lisa~ Yes, I'm on Facebook. Since I don't have enough information to get in touch with you, look me up. There's a badge on the left sidebar of this blog. Or just look up Jennifer Crawford Walker. 🙂

    Jennifer

  3. Oh this was really, really good. I had to post some of these on my facebook page. Jennifer, are you on facebook?

  4. great list to get one thinking!
    Helen

  5. Great list! May I borrow it to re-post on my blog? shirleykurtz.blogspot.com

  6. That is such a great list…thanks for posting it for us!