Thursday, December 20, 2012


I read it recently and felt need to share the wise words of an elderly lady with you all.

This is 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.Don't buy stuff you don't need.

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 yourself. You can take it.

9. Save for things that matter.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. Its 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. 

16. 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. People love you because of who you are, 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."


Sabi Sunshine said...

Hi Jack

You made my day this morning . These statements are so true. Thanks for sharing with us.

Amrita said...

Loved every bit. So true. wish i could keep it stuck in my eyes and remind me everyday of it.

Jules said...

Visiting from Sabi Sunshine...

I agree that there is a time to be friends with your children - and yet there is also a time we must be parents first.

I have a family member who is almost 90. We tease that she is just to ornery to leave us. And we are very grateful for every moment we can share - even the ones that she is repeating... Age is like that. It is a blessing to celebrate with four generations.


Shilpa Garg said...

Wonderful words of wisdom and so many of them need to be practiced and followed! Thks for sharing!

Shreya said...

Wow, that is just awesome. Loved all your lessons. Last one is something I gotta write and read every day. :)

Harman said...

yep ..I read about this in news paper here in US its all worth the experience of age..

Raj said...

one of the best things i ever read.
except perhaps 5. i am definitely getting that mercedes. :S

Jack said...


I am glad that you found these worthy. Take care


Reading such wise words is how one can improve own thinking. Take care


Welcome to my space. Hope to have your valuable views in future also. We need to be open & friendly with children as per their age. Take care


I agree that most of these should be followed. Take care

Jack said...


I agree that we need to remember always that life is a gift. Take care


It is so wonderful to read what experience elders have gained over time and most of it is worth following. Take care


Thanks for such appreciative view. Yes, do go ahead and buy Merc, I will look for a ride. Take care

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Tranquility Speaks said...

Thank you so much for sharing these. Made tremendous sense and made me smile! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and here's wishing you a splendid New Year!

Purba said...

That's a wonderful list you've shared.
A Happy New Year to you and your family!

Jack said...


Please bear with me. I will visit your space soon and get back to you. Take care


Thanks for appreciative view and also for your kind wishes. Take care


I am so glad that you found this worth it. Thanks for your wishes. Take care

Sans said...

I'll make this as a morning prayer and shall try improve myself. I'm gonna laminate these lessons of life.
Thanku mr. Jack.

Amrita Tanmay said...

आह!जीवन में इसका कुछ भी पकड में आ जाए तो जीवन सफल हो जाए .

Jack said...


I feel honoured that you found these worth following. Take care