Nugget # 14 Life Lessons from REGINA BRETT : A STRING OF 50 PEARLS

15 Jul

Hi … this week I’d like to share with you the best email I have ever received.I call it STRING OF 50 PEARLS. It is actually a column in the Plain Dealer written by a 90 year old woman named Regina Brett.

To quote Regina: “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 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 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 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.

I found them totally priceless and hope you too did!

NUGGET OF LIFE : Since Experience is a comb which Nature gives us when we are bald. We might as well, borrow another’s comb by learning from their experiences and walk with combed hair while we still have got some! 😉


Have a wonderful weekend!




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12 responses to “Nugget # 14 Life Lessons from REGINA BRETT : A STRING OF 50 PEARLS

  1. Shonnie

    July 20, 2011 at 4:09 am

    Loved it Sparky! I shared! 🙂

  2. marcialoyd

    July 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

    All very important things to remember. Thanks for sharing!

    • sparkylaurie

      July 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks Marcia…glad to see you are back blogging…u were missed!:)

  3. Lorna's Voice

    July 18, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    All of these were wonderful reminders about how to live a more serene life. Pearls of wisdom and a wonderful gift from you to us. Thanks!

  4. kthanson

    July 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    50! Can i remember all of those!

    Now I see why grownups miss their parents so much after they’re grown or after they’re gone -there’s so much to learn that won’t fit into one “talk”.

    6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
    …Still learning…

    38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
    ..That and Proverbs…

    10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
    Just remember…”Will this chocolate matter in five years?”

    22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
    Over prepare.What is that, really? *wink-wink*

    Overprepare, over-study enough to ask all the right questions in a timely fashion.
    That helps with midterms.
    12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
    I once cried with a crying student – inadvertent empathy while i was trying to comfort her- in a classroom i was interning in.

    That one still haunts me to this day… if i can carry myself “professionally” later on.
    Empathy might be a virtue. Shown empathy might be more healing than hidden.

    Thanks for posting this SparkyLaurie!

    • sparkylaurie

      July 18, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Keisha..I’m glad that this post was special to you and thanks especially for sharing the ones that really tugged at ur heart…..Take care…Keep in touch.;)

  5. sparkylaurie

    July 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Thanks Aurora…glad u liked them…they are indeed pearls from the very wise woman Regina!

  6. hollyjb

    July 16, 2011 at 8:54 am

    It’s nice to be reminded of things we already know, but forget, or ignore. Thanks so much for posting this!

    • sparkylaurie

      July 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

      What u said is v true Holly.Many things seem so simple and we think …we already know this…but then again…I think its all about having an open mind and learning something new everyday.I received that email last week and it really made my day…it totally inspired me and I just passed it along…glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Aurora

    July 16, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Thank you for sharing this! I need to memorize those pearls. Lovely.


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