Monday, January 10, 2011

Ninety Years of Wisdom

I don't know why I haven't run across this before, but I had to share for those of you who either haven't read it or haven't read it in a while.

Written by Regina Brett (her reputed age of 90 is an urban legend, she's actually in her fifties) of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio. I hope she does live to be ninety because her list should be even more awe-inspiring then as she adds gems to her philosophy.

  • Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
  • When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  • Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  • Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
  • Pay off your credit cards every month.
  • You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  • Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
  • It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
  • Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
  • When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  • Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
  • It's OK to let your children see you cry.
  • Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  • If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
  • Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
  • Take a deep breath It calms the mind.
  • Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
  • Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
  • It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  • When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
  • Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.
  • Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  • Over prepare, then go with the flow.
  • Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
  • The most important sex organ is the brain.
  • No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  • Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
  • Always choose life.
  • Forgive everyone everything.
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  • Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  • Believe in miracles.
  • God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
  • Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  • Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
  • Your children get only one childhood.
  • All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  • Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  • If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • The best is yet to come...
  • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  • Yield.
  • Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Don't you love them?  Me too--especially the tenth one.  

They remind me of  The Happiness Project which I recently discovered; I'm happily enjoying the wisdom and hints I find there.  The sidebars have mucho goodies and I recommend dropping by and recharging your soul when you get a moment.

Speaking about happy:  My heart beats Nevada Blue and while I'm thrilled our team won their bowl game over Boston College yesterday, I'm proudest of the comment ESPN made about Colin Kaepernick--that he's more than a good quarterback, he's a good person.  I'm appreciative of Coach Ault and his staff who recruit players with character as well as talent.  We could use more coaches like him in all sports--a passionate, creative, demanding taskmaster who cares about his student athletes as well as his win-loss record.

Getting off my soapbox and going off to school instead,


  1. What a wise woman. I love all of these bits of wisdom and they are so true. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  2. I used to read her nuggets of wisdom when I lived in Cleveland. What a great list. Thanks for sharing. :)

    I would say congrats on the Nevada win, but two things...they beat BC and their Nevada. Even though I don't like UNLV we are trained to dislike you (but only in football of course!)

  3. This is LOVELY and means a lot to me especially now.

    Thanks so much for sharing,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  4. Love these :) I especially love that you are dedicated to learning good things (I saw that). What a great way to go through life. Oh, and thank you for sharing and spreading good.

  5. I hadn't seen this before. I am also near that 50 mark and so I have a lot of experience to back me up and I would have to agree with all of her wisdoms. Thanks for sharing because I will be saving this and changing them out on my computer from week to week this year.
    Have a fabulous weekend.