Life Lessons from a 90 year old


I rarely repost but this list is a treasure trove of common sense and practical spirituality. These 45 Life lessons were on Stumble Uponimages (14)

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 not to enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

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 things that matter.

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.  Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

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

19. It’s 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. 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 but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose Life.

28. Forgive but don’t forget.

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. Accept what you already have, not what you think 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.

(Source: reginabrett.com)

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12 thoughts on “Life Lessons from a 90 year old

  1. My top three favorites are

    Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

    Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’

    No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

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  2. That was, by far, one of the most beautiful posts I’ve ever come across, Melanie. Thanks so much for posting it. Those pearls of wisdom have come not from armchair woolgathering, but from a life lived to the fullest.

    2 stood out for me:
    a) Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
    My grandmother saved all her best china, her best outfits, and, unfortunately, all her rejoicing, for when her favourite son would become a success and bring home his girl. In the meantime, we were made recipients of sourness, endless grumbling, nitpicking. To ensure her mattresses kept well, she covered them in thick plastic covers, and these we had to sleep on, with only thin scratchy sheets for relief. We couldn’t buy her anything because she did not want to be beholden to anyone. She was an excellent self-taught cook but her bitterness prevented she and us from enjoying her dishes wholeheartedly. Soon after the favoured son got a job and began to scale the totem pole of success, Granny broke her leg, recovery was slow, so she was forced to relocate and live with another daughter. In bitter tears, she left the home she loved so much. Soon after, her decline into dementia began. She never returned to her old home. Her best dishes and clothes went to charity. Her recipes lost with her.
    She was a very honest person. Did her best not to trouble anyone. But she could not love as Christ calls us to. She lived in the past, and at times, made forays into the future, but the Today held little meaning for her. Today is special? My heart aches for my Granny.

    b) Your children get only one childhood.
    From the bottom of my heart, I thank Jesus for saving my family and I, or we’d have lost our kids’ childhoods, and that, we’d never get back. The Lord pulled us back from the brink, and because of that, my little ones and the not-so-little ones laugh, play, fight, roll about, climb trees, chase one another, devise games, tease and tickle each other. They tell each other their secrets, make gifts for one another’s birthdays. At the end of each school day, they wait in gleeful anticipation to swap school tales. They rush to bring news of the first zinnias and sunflowers.

    They almost didn’t have a childhood, but they do now, and Praise Be To God.

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  3. And with your kind permission, I would like to post excerpts or make a reference to your blog on my blog in the weeks to come. Posting/referring to the ‘pearls’ can help us remember that we must allow the sun in on our lives. The only way to do that is to live life right, and those nuggets of wisdom can do much for us.

    God bless you, Melanie.

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