The Canvas Grey

Inspiration, Perspective, Insight

Lessons in Life by Regina Brett

Posted by TheCanvasGrey on July 18, 2008

A very dear person sent this to me and I HAD to share!

For over 7 years, Regina Brett was a columnist at The Beacon
Journal in Akron, Ohio. During that time, she was diagnosed
and successfully treated for breast cancer. Regina is now a
columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. Her
column runs on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

Lessons in Life By Regina Brett:

‘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 rolls over to 50 this week, so here’s an update:’

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
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
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.

Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly…
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

And thanks to Bev is who sends me the best dancing videos:

Can you dance like a first grader?  This will make you cheer!  She’s just soo cute!


13 Responses to “Lessons in Life by Regina Brett”

  1. Bev said

    I just looked at it again and it was so much fun watching her
    dance. Keeping my eye out for more dancing videos for you.
    Also to add to the lessons of life my family motto is
    Live Love Laugh

  2. She sure is full of personality and WOW can she flip!!! Thanks again Bev!

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  4. This is a great list of life lessons. She’s a smart woman!

  5. I think so too FW. My fav is 13 as this causes way too many people way too much unhappiness and frustration.

  6. I was going to ask you which one was your favorite! Too cool.

  7. Lofter said

    These are simply fantastic! So many lessons I know I need to learn, but still haven’t! My mom is a two-time survivor of breast cancer, and, at age 71, exemplifies almost everything in this list. She would add one more…

    “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. Worrying causes frowns, but prayers bring smiles.”

    I think my favorite is #15… and I thank God for those changes, as well as for not blinking! Thanks for blessing me today! 😀

  8. Mercedes said

    This is such a wonderful list! So true! I absolutely love the video-reminds me of my cousin’s girl! Thank you for your prayers for my cousin, M!

  9. Hi DD8 and welcome, thanks for the invitation, you are welcome here anytime.

    Lofter I LOVE your Mom’s addition and believe it is true with all my heart too. So glad she is still here to give guidance!

    Mere, please let us know how he is doing after your trip. Stay safe!

  10. highhopes1 said

    Thanks for this Deb!

  11. gr8tful said

    Hhhhhmmmmmm, if you don’t ask, you don’t get.

    That one is good because how many times do we forget to ask God for things. We just assume he knows, well he does, but he stil wants us to ask. We need to ask him to sell our house. And he can even if it’s not on the market. He can do whatever he wants to do!!

  12. Welcome HH, I’ve referred to it more than a few times. Helps as a reminder of things too easily forgotten.

    Gr8tful, you are so right. We have free will and we must choose, I’m so glad for that because it makes my relationship with Him MUCH more fulfilling even though it is difficult to yield even when I know He knows what is best…it is that pride/ego thing. It is a very narrow path and difficult to stay on but SO very worth it. I choose God ALWAYS even when myself gets in the way! ha Praying for quick sell!

  13. bs angel said

    Great list. And adorable video!

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