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A 90-year-old author gives us 50 positive attitudes toward positive living

A 90-year-old author gives us 50 positive attitudes toward positive living

A 90-year-old author gives us 50 positive attitudes toward positive living

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 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 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) Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. “33) Believe in miracles. 34) Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. 35) God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or did not do. 36) Growing old beats the alternative of dying young. 37) Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable! 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 would grab ours back. 41) Envy is a waste of time. You already have everything you need. 42) The best is yet to come. 43) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 44) If you don’t ask, you don’t get. “45) Yield. 46) Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. 47) Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying. 48) Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion. 49) Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. “50) Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”