Wednesday, March 21, 2012

much thanks to Francine for sharing this

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio . 
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> > "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 
> > lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written. 
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> > My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more: 
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> > 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 
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> > 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 
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> > 3. Life is too short – enjoy it. 
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> > 4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. 
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> > 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 
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> > 6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself. 
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> > 7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. 
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> > 8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it. 
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> > 9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. 
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> > 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 
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> > 11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. 
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> > 12. It's OK to let your children see you cry. 
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> > 13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
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> > 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it. 
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> > 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don't worry; God never blinks. 
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> > 16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 
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> > 17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways. 
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> > 18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger. 
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> > 19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else. 
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> > 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer. 
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> > 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 
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> > 22. Over prepare, then go with the flow. 
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> > 23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple. 
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> > 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 
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> > 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 
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> > 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?' 
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> > 27. Always choose life. 
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> > 28. Forgive but don’t forget. 
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> > 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 
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> > 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 
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> > 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 
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> > 32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 
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> > 33. Believe in miracles. 
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> > 34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do. 
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> > 35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 
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> > 36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young. 
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> > 37. Your children get only one childhood. 
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> > 38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 
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> > 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 
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> > 40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back. 
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> > 41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need. 
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> > 42. The best is yet to come... 
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> > 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 
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> > 44. Yield. 
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> > 45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift." 
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