Good Reminders!

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of 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 to waste time hating anyone.

  4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

  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. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

  17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

  18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

  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. 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 of 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. God loves you because of who God is, 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. You already have all 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.”

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Tânia Martinho
September 19, 2009 8:34 am

I agree with only a few lol For me the most important lessons of life are:
– Enjoying the power and youth
– Not to worry about the future every day to enjoy life
– Do not treat others in an irresponsible manner
– Do not let others be reckless with you
– Do not waste your time the envy of others
– Never point the finger at others
– Do not be afraid of what people think of you
– Take good care of your friends
– Accept the truth of life will always have obstacles to overcome challenging you
– Never expect anyone else to support and attention has mainly the advice of another 🙂


That was amazing and I truly believe all of it to something to live by thats for sure.


Estoy deacuerdo con ella , para mi el punto mas importante es el numero 1, siempre hay algo bueno en la vida para olvidar lo malo.


Hello Nico,

Thank you once again for providing me with such uplifting inspirational words.

You really are a wealth of such wonderful sentiments.

Have your thought about writing a book based on all of these beautiful inspirational words.

Have a wonderful weekend,


All those words of wisdom hit home. We live such unfullfilled lives and we need to let go of petty things and concentrate on the best things life has to offer!Love your blogs! So life changing! Much love, God bless!


I really appreciate your sharing on these instructive Golden reminders~!!!Thanx Niko~!!!


Haha, what a bright, observant, beautiful woman. I would love to spend some time with her. I love that she has learned from life rather than let it drag her along mindlessly. She has gained wisdom through life where others have not. Her words ring true to me. 🙂 I sit and wonder what experiences she must have had to be able to find each perspective. She paints a picture for me.


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