Life Lessons…

A friend of mine recently sent me one of those many “forward” emails that float around on the internet.  But this one really got my attention.  It was about “Life Lessons” and as I read it, I found that I could say “Amen!” to most all of them, having learned them myself by personal experience or hindsight.  Always wanting to “get the facts straight,” I checked out the source given and although some information had been changed, the source was correctly attributed.  So I followed the trail to get the true original list.  Here is the information on who wrote it and the 50 Life Lessons she penned – definitely worth a regular read to keep things in focus:

Regina Brett is a long-time columnist for Ohio newspapers (including the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer) who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2009 for “her range of compelling columns that move the heart, challenge authority and often trigger action while giving readers deeper insight into life’s challenges.” Ms. Brett is also the compiler of  a list of “life lessons,” which was originally published in the Plain Dealer and has since become “the single most popular column ever written by Regina.”  Regina Brett turned 50 years old in 2006, and on that occasion she updated her list of “45 life lessons” with an additional “5 to grow on.”

  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. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  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. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  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 except 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. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  33. Believe in miracles.
  34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
  35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.
  37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
  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. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  45. The best is yet to come.
  46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  49. Yield.
  50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

These are not just cute or trite sayings – each one can provide much good food for thought, if we ponder them.  It sounds to me like this woman had allowed life to teach her some very wise things by the time she was 45/50 years old!

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

3 thoughts on “Life Lessons…

  1. Sooo….we pray for you and know your are resilient, but the visa issue is no fun. It seems to be one of those “grease the palms” issues more than a paper issue that could not be resolved with good will and some patience. But we know you will keep the faith and that you have some good folk there to support you. Be blessed…you are cared about.

    Thanks for the great list…so true. And, we assume your house plans will take care of any potentials for water damage, etc. Love to you, John and Jean

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