22 Life Lessons

GRIN # 314

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer in Ohio. As a long-time columnist, these lessons were her most requested.

Here are 22 of Brett’s 45 lessons. The rest will come tomorrow.

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.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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2 Responses to “22 Life Lessons”

  1. I love this! My mom sent me a copy of this a couple months ago and I refer to it on a daily basis!!

    • Me too, Paula!! It took her 90 years to learn all of these things; how lucky that she shares them with us. I especially like the last one right now. I always worry about things not turning out right. “Overprepare…and then go with the flow.” It’s the last one I have a hard time with. But how much more fun would we all have??

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