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45 Lessons Life has Taught Regina Brett



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

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

                  26. Always choose life.

                  27. Forgive everyone everything.

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

                  29. Time heals almost everything.. Give time, time.

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

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

                  32. Believe in miracles.

                  33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of
                  anything you did or didn't do.

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

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

                  36. Your children get only one childhood.

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

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

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

                  40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you
                  need.

                  41. The best is yet to come.

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

                  43. Yield.

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

                  45. It is statistically written that 93% will "not" pass this information on to others :) 

Enjoy!

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