Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The 45 Lessons Life Taught Me

I came across these fabulous words of advice this week written by a 90 year old.
(Thanks to my dear friend Hilary for sharing them.)

I think that each of us will be able to identify with them ... the trick of course is to remember them!

I recommend that you copy them and read them a least once a month.

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.

  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  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 but don't forget.

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. 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.

44.  Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's  still a gift."

www.JoAustin.com  ~ Inspiring Others to Love Life 


  1. Great tips, inspiring and I will try some.

  2. I liked them too. They were sweet, inspiring and made wonderful points. Thank you for sharing.

  3. so meaningful...and I totally agreed with them....thank you...

  4. Hi Jo, I saw your post announced on ICF Linked In. I, too, am a coach and specialize in love relationships. I was intrigued about Regina Brett so googled her. It turns out she's in her 50's and the “urban legend” that she's 90 has been going around for some time. You can learn more about her at http://www.reginabrett.com/about.php. Regardless of her age, I enjoyed her lessons. Thanks for sharing them. One of my favorites is number 40: “If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.” Best to you, Lyndra Hearn Antonson, lyndra@loverelationshipcoach.com

  5. It just goes to show, there's no need to wait until the kids have grown up ..... the mortgage is paid off ..... the economy improves .....the job gets better ..... the business is established ..... or whatever! Life can be good now.