Monday, November 30, 2009

Open Those Forwards...

I generally am not a huge fan of email forwards, but I usually read them anyway since every once in awhile you find a real gem. A very good friend sent me this one today and reading it made me cry (not like it is hard these days, but still... :-) Instead of forwarding it on to all my acquaintances who are also leery of forwards, I am posting it here for the edification of you all. Maybe it will hit you the way it hit me and maybe it won't, but it improved my perspective on a day that was not shaping up to be that great. I am coming off of a really lonely, quiet weekend, have a messy house, I need to go to the store and the post office, I have articles to be done, a Christmas dessert to make for a church function, three sick children plus sick me and a trip to take them all to the Pediatrician tonight all on top of the usual routine of putting one foot in front of the other and just breathing and not crying in front of the kids :-) I was seriously considering getting back into bed and not coming out until after the holidays. Then this arrived. If anyone has perspective on life, it would be a 90 year old. I particularly teared up at #15, #31 and #38 (don't quite agree with #12). Thanks Amanda, you made my day!

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."


  1. you're welcome. When I got it, I kind of thought it was meant for you :) Have a good week and feel better.

  2. I couldn't have said it better myself. Believe!