Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Life lessons

My dad sent me an email the other day that a woman wrote her "Life Lessons"... the funny thing is, the email says she's 90 years old.  So I go to look up this lady, Regina Brett, & find that she's basically an urban legend.  She's not really 90.  She just turned 50 actually & has taken this "90 thing" with a great sense of humor... & reading her writing & other things, she seems pretty awesome.

She wrote 45 lessons she has learned when she turned 45 after she has struggled through breast cancer, & being a single parents & basically just making it through the hardships of life we all go through... & now that she's turned 50, she added onto it - & she's even wrote a book called "God Never Blinks: 50 lessons for life"... but she has shared her 50 things & I think they are wonderful to read over.  

I actually have kept the email my dad sent me with these things for months & catch myself reading them over & over ... more then likely, I read them on a Monday when I'm complaining about life.

So here you go... read up... soak them in... & enjoy


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. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
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. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
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 except 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. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
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. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
42. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
45. The best is yet to come.
46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
48. If you don't ask, you don't get.
49. Yield.
50. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.
Which one of these is your favorite?  


  1. I love this Rebecca so much! Thanks for sharing it and I'm definitely saving this for times where I need a reality check reminder. I love #13!

  2. This is beautiful. Lol at #23. There are so many good ones here I couldn't pick just one favorite. These are good for people of any age, I should share them with my middle schoolers. I wonder how the rumor got started that she is 90?

  3. Love these! I haven't gotten through all of them yet, there's a sweet little two year old who is standing here asking me to "sit him" so it's time for snuggles, but I will definitely be back to read the rest!

  4. Oh, my goodness...that lady is packed with wisdom! I love #37...that's something I've strived to do since Day 1 and I pray my girls know it.

  5. These are great! I especially like the first one and it's an important reminder that life is good, even when it's not fair.

  6. 29 and 38-
    In my "old age" I have learned not to care what others, aside from my immediate family think of me. I do value what my immediate family says and thinks. It's important that I know my actions show those immediate family members I love them. As for #38- My pastor just preached a sermon regarding the Psalms and how they handle every human emotion. The Psalms could be considered collective and common prayer. Thanks for sharing- maybe this summer I can get this book and enjoy a good pool-side read. Have a toad-ally awesome week!

  7. Love this! "Make Peace With Your Past" is SO important!!!

  8. This is great! I think I've seen that email and I definitely have her book... but I've never connected the two. Haha! Thanks for sharing some mid-week lessons!

  9. i find that most emails are urban legends, but regardless, i love the sentiments she expressed. i can't choose a favorite. i'd read one and it would be so powerful, and then the next i would assign as my favorite. such good stuff. i hope more people find out about these life lessons.

  10. Thank you for sharing this amazing list.....

  11. 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

    ^I'm so guilty of saving something for a special occasion. It's all special.

    Saving this list.

  12. This is AWESOME. I agree with Jessie's comment above, the not saving things for a special occasion really stood out to me! I love that they decided to say she's 90...I mean, she's wise beyond her years, it seems! They just wanted to make her level of wisdom believable. Ha!

  13. i agree with basically all of these :) especially 36.

  14. I love all of these things!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Noted. I love all of these! Especially not comparing ourselves to others. What a powerful list friend.

  16. Love this. Love this. Love this. I have a "blogger love" post scheduled for tomorrow, and this will be included.

  17. I love all of this! Saving this post for a re-read later on!

  18. Yes yes yes! Love all of this. I started using the "will this matter in 5 years" frame of thought when it came to picking little fights with my husband and honestly it has pretty much cut out ALL of our arguments. Life is too short!

  19. Love your list. So true, so timely. A very enlightened and enjoyable read.

  20. I love these! My favorite is probably #22. Over prepare and then go with the flow. This describes international missions perfectly!


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