This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!
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 clothes. 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.
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 of 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. 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.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”
# Don’t forget to share it with your friends, you might save someone
Credit Maame Abena Amuzu
Regina Brett Profile
(born May 31, 1956) is a New York Times bestselling author, newspaper columnist currently writing for The Plain Dealer and The Cleveland Jewish News , and an inspirational speaker .
She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary in 2008 and 2009. Her first book, “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours” was published in April, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing .
It is now in 26 countries. Her second book, “Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible”, was published in 2012.
Previous to her work at The Plain Dealer , Brett worked as a columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal in Akron, Ohio for seven years. Over the course of her career, Brett has written over 2,000 newspaper columns. From 2006 to 2010
She hosted The Sound of Ideas , a radio show on Cleveland NPR affiliate WCPN 90.3 FM. From 2011-2013, she hosted The Regina Brett Show on Akron, Ohio NPR affiliate WKSU 89.7 FM.
The weekly program was inspired by Brett’s book. Brett has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kent State University and a master’s degree in religious studies from John Carroll University .
In 1998, Brett was diagnosed with breast cancer and included her experiences of chemotherapy and her recuperation in her columns in the Akron Beacon Journal. These columns earned her a National Headliner Award.
In 2006, She wrote a column for The Plain Dealer entitled “50 Life Lessons”, which has since been the most distributed column she has written to date, appearing on blogs as well as social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook.
In many of these instances, Brett is misidentified as a 90-year-old woman. The “50 Life Lessons” column was expanded to fifty chapters for her first book, “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours”.
1999 Lifetime Achievement Batten Medal 2009 Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame inuctee
Two-time National Headliner Awards winner.
1998 Northern Ohio Live Magazine Award of Achievement.
Five-time Ohio Associated Press award winner (including Best Columnist in Ohio in 2008 and 2009).
2003 The Society for Professional Journalists “Best Columnist in Ohio” Award.
National Society of Newspaper Columnists Humor Writer Award (she was the President from 1998 to 1999).
Liberty Bell Award from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association
2009 Ohio Library Council “Citizen of the Year”
2013 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Award in radio show category 2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest