As we approach a new year and a new decade, instead of making “New Year’s Resolutions” that might not last that long, it might be more helpful to come up with new attitudes toward life. The following article was written by Regina Brett, a 90 years-old writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, in 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 orginal column again plus five.
“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) Pay off your credit cards every month. 6) You don’t have to win every argument. Be true to yourself. Agree to disagree. 7) Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
“8) It’s okay to get angry with God. The Almighty 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 okay to let your children see you cry.
“13) Don’t compare your life with others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 14) If a relationship has to be a secret, you should not be in it. 15) Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks. 16) Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
“17) Get rid of anything that is not useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways. 18) Whatever doesn’t kill you, really does make you stronger. 19) It is never too late to be happy but 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 anHOLDswer.