Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Inspiration finally comes, 90 years in the making

The other day I was in one of my Wikipedia moods, where I can just read page after page on topic after topic, and open tons of windows in the process. When reading about Protestantism, I went to my, somewhat, home church's website (FUMC of Crestview) and came across the March newsletter. The pastor's message to the congregation was this list of "life lessons" you could say, written by a 90 year old woman. Some of these points were beyond my years, talking about kids and bills, etc., but many struck a cord with me. I have been struggling with how to start my blogging endeavor, mainly because I've been thinking too much about it, instead of just starting. So on a whim I decided to share this list, even though I doubt it will be read by anyone other than me, but I'm just glad I finally have a starting point. Enjoy..

  • Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick; your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
  • Pay off your credit cards every month.
  • You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  • Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  • It’s ok to get angry at God. He can take it.
  • Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
  • When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  • Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  • It’s ok to let your children see you cry.
  • If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  • Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
  • Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or joyful.
  • It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  • Over prepare, then go with the flow.
  • Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  • Forgive everyone [for] everything.
  • Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  • God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
  • Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  • Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.
  • Your children only get one childhood.
  • All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  • Get outside every day. Miracles are everywhere.
  • If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  • The best is yet to come…

Written by Regina Brett, 90, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio