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Great Advice: Reflections On Life...

This was something that my mother sent me via e-mail. I found it both encouraging, enlightening, and entertaining.

This is something we should all read at least once a week
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 pay check.  
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 ling erie. 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.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsWilliam James Walton Sr. • June 09 2009 10:01PM


Thank you, William. Every lesson on the list is a winner.

Posted by Maria Morton, Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758 (Platinum Realty) about 11 years ago

I love this list I am keeping it close at hand

Posted by Eric Reid (Renaissance Realty Group of Keller Williams Atlanta Partners) about 11 years ago

William, I love this woman. If we could all just remember these simple lessons.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) about 11 years ago

Regina is living a life of longevity because she follows her beliefs. What a fantastic list of affirmations to read and follow. Thank you and thank your mom for emailing you this list.

Posted by Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett, Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR ((FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) ) about 11 years ago

That is a great list.  I wonder if I can sit down and make one up of my own.  I will try.

Posted by Russ Ravary ~ Metro Detroit Realtor call (248) 310-6239, Michigan homes for sale ~ yesmyrealtor@gmail.com (Real Estate One) about 11 years ago

William - These are all great tips, thanks for sharing them.


Posted by Mike Eddy, Maui Real Estate Broker (Coldwell Banker Island Properties) about 11 years ago

William--I am going to print a copy and hang near my treadmill.  Thanks to your mother for sending it to you and you to AR.  So many good points.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) about 11 years ago


Thank you for sharing that (a couple of them really hit home).  I am going to work on memorizing all of them; should be(come) common sense, right?

Posted by Amy O'Laughlin about 11 years ago

I can see why that is her most requested article, that is some great life lessons, now the key is we have to listen!

Todd Clark - www.LivingBeaverton.com

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) about 11 years ago