Saturday, 6 June 2009

someone sent me this in an email. i'm a bit crook for original thought right now but this one really is worth copying.
forgive me if you've seen it before

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The PlainDealer, 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. Kylie, some good old sayings there.
    Hope all is well at your place and the kids are on the mend.

  2. Hey Spesh,

    This is an amazing list....somethings that I should take heed of...

    Hope you're doing well hun,

    love ya loads,
    Peej xxx

  3. hi jo
    things are good here, the girls are like nothing ever happened, liam is still coughing but otherwise ok. keaghan has escaped, i think.
    and it's a long weekend! yay

    hows helen doing?

  4. my peej!!
    it's good, isnt it? i think ive got a handle on most of this list but theres always room to improve:)

    i've had a touch of flu but everything's good

    love ya

  5. Wow Kylie, it would take 90 years to put all this advice into practice. I love the line 'don't wait for old age to wear purple'- great, I now have an excuse for eccentricity!

    Only in my case today it is the colour orange!

    Purple and orange together maybe...?

  6. Numbers 37 and 41, I am so down with that.


  7. Really incredible. I needed this list, right now. Lovely.

  8. Just visiting to say, "Hello."


  9. Hi Kylie,

    There's some great wisdom in that. Simple, effective, beautiful. What a great find!

    Best wishes,


  10. Dear Kylie,
    Hope you and family having a good day.
    this is a great list to follow
    love & ((hugs))

  11. HI kylie,
    Hope you are feeling better?
    The doctor that Helen saw last week just phoned to say that Helen's swab test had another further testing as she had come back with a result of influenza and has come back positive for swine flu.
    It seems she is the only one from her school who has had it.
    Helen went back to school today.
    How about the no visitors from vic are not allowed interstate.
    a lady at work son was to go to Adelaide for a school bands festival this week and now are not allowed to go. He is very disappointed.
    Did you have a good long weekend? I did as the cleaners don't work public holidays but the other staff do ie: personal carers and kitchen staff.
    I was thinking the other day I'm vacuuming at 8 o'clock in the morning. Who would be vacuuming at 8 o'clock in their own home.
    Have a good week.


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