Friday, June 5, 2009

A good friend recently shared this with me, and I thought it was remarkable. I hope I can get to aged 90 and share this much wisdom with those around me!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of 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 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. 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."


Bee said...

Isn't this wonderful?! And isn't it also wonderful that we can start living like this right now, this very day. If we do, getting to 90 will be a whole lot more rewarding. And bunches more fun!

Domestic Designer said...

I absolutely love this! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. It certainly gives you something to think about. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Nancy said...

Love it Suzanne! Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday girlfriend!

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Suzanne, I got this email too and thought it was so insightful! Glad you shared it! :)

I did a feature on the magazine you sent me! THANK you again! It is wonderful! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Love it! :)

April said...

Great words of wisdom, Suzanne! Enjoy your weekend!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Love this and am going to copy it! Thank you for sharing it with us. I holds a wealth of wisdom, and good old fashion common sense. Hope your weekend is a good one!!

Controlling My Chaos said...

These are all great reminders. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful. I would have to underline #13 and #26 although they are all good. We are never too old to try something new. My daughter and her friends, in their 40's get a big kick of my blogging at age 72. I wonder "What is so funny." doesn't everyone. Blessings

Anonymous said...

I love these. I just learn so much from people who have gone before me!

Cathy said...

This is sooo wonderful!!! I am so glad I popped over and took a peek!!!

Thank you for sharing this!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

jenjen said...

Hi Suzanne -
Thanks for that post. I loved reading all of the advice. It's easy to lose sight of what is important and the most important things are usually the simplest.

Have a super weekend!


coco said...

I have seen this before and I love it. I think this is one I should put on my bathroom mirror to remind me everyday. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is simply fabulous! I'm going to print it off so I will have the great reminders every day.

Anonymous said...

Hi Suzanne! Thanks for visiting my blog! Hey, guess what? I graduated from Friendswood High School, which is pretty close to you! How cool is that? And, now, of course, I'm in Oregon. Pretty funny, huh?

Miss Janice said...

This is such an awesome list! Thank you for sharing. So many of these apply to moi!

Anonymous said...

Regina Brett is a columnist for The Cleveland Plain Dealer

She is in her 50's.

Wise words!