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Thursday, January 26, 2012

45 Lessons Life Taught Me

A friend passed this on to me, and as a general rule, I don't even open "forwards."  But since she and I feel the same way about these, I took a look at it and thought I'd share it with you all.  Regina has learned a great deal in her short 90 year life, and these are all gems.  I'm going to take her advice and read this once a week.

If you like this as much as I do, please feel free to copy and post, share this with as many people as you you would like.  These aren't new, we've heard them all before, but Regina has put them all together and listed these "45  Lessons Life Taught Me."

Thank you, Liz, for sharing these with me!  Blessings to all who read and pass this on!

Have a marvelous day today!

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 – 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. 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. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

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

19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all 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 but don’t forget.

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 throw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what 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."


  1. Thanks for sharing. This is why I love hanging out with wiser women (I wont say older;) ). They have great wisdom to share about life :)


  2. Donna- What wonderful words of wisdom from this wonderful woman. I am saving these so that I remember!!! xo Diana

  3. Very well said! I especially like the one about our problems in the pile with everyone else's. ~ Maureen

  4. Love this! I printed it out to post on my bulletin board.

  5. This is great! So glad I stopped by. Very inspirational.
    Hope you are having a beautiful week.

  6. What a wonderful list, I will refer to it often.

  7. Thank you for sharing these, I am going to print them out so I can remember them all....
    Enjoy your day!!!
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  8. Fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I'm passing it on!

  9. These are wonderful. Thank you for sharing it, Donna! *HUGS*

  10. This is fabulous, Donna!!! My mom always says, "The best is yet to come!" I love of all of these.

  11. And of course, I totally agree with the chocolate resistance being futile!!! lol

  12. Oh my friend, these are wonderful!!! I read and read it again and again! Thank you so much for sharing it, I will pass it shortly!
    Much love,
    LS xoxoxoxoxo

  13. Oh thats so lovely Donna, some truly important things in there. Could you please email me Donna and let me know which of the sheets you would like ?
    Hugs June x

  14. Oh its just