REGINA BRETT'S "50 LIFE LESSONS"

Regina Brett’s “50 Life Lessons”

Regina Brett (born May 31, 1956) is a New York Times bestselling author, newspaper columnist currently writing for The Plain Dealer and The Cleveland Jewish News, and an inspirational speaker. She was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary in 2008 and 2009. Her first book, “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours” was published in April, 2010 by Grand Central Publishing. It is now in 26 countries. Her second book, “Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible”, was published in 2012. Her third book, “God is Always Hiring: 50 Life Lessons for Finding Fulfilling Work,” was published in 2015. All three books have been bestsellers in Poland.

Few years back an email with a topic “45 lesson life taught me” was circulated introducing Regina Brett in two sentences ! Interestingly, the email had mentioned that Regina Brett is 90 years old writes for The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio.  Yes, Regina Brett wrote 45 Lesson life taught me, but her age is not 90 !!. She is in her 50’s !!  When Regina turned 45, she wrote a column – 45 Lessons Life Taught Me. Later she added five more lessons when she turned 50. As Regina says, “My Life Lessons ended up e-mailed around the world. Then someone changed my age on one email to read  “Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old.” Another person attached a picture of lovely older woman older. No, that dear senior citizen isn’t me. It’s fashion designer Iris Apfel !! “

Here are 50 beautiful notes from Regina Brett’s “50 lesson life taught me”

  1. Life is not 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 do not have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. It is 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. Overprepare, 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 will not 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 does not 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. Do not 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.

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