Here’s some wise thoughts from Regina Brett, a 90 year-old columnist of the Cleveland Plain Dealer (thanks to David Argenbright for sending me this). Tell me which one is your favorite and why:

 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 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.”

The email I received said only 7% of folks will forward this. I don’t usually forward emails, but I thought I’d pass it on this way. I guess I’m in the 7%.

BTW, #22 is my favorite. I’m big on preparation. I just need to remember the 2nd part of that wise saying… ‘go with the flow’. I’m learnin’.


About Tim Harrison

Saved by grace and living my faith out in the unshakeable Kingdom of God.
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7 Responses to 7%

  1. Gary says:

    #40-after hearing the bold men in our NFL group share their burdens and the struggles they are going through, I was sitting at the table thinking about mine. At that moment, I said to myself, “man, Sherry and I really don’t have any major burdens. Hearing theirs put mine in perspective. I pray for each of them everyday.

  2. #37, I love my children to death. I wish I did more with them. The Fun things in life. Hiking, camping, water parks, etc.

  3. Ed says:

    Mine would have to be:
    15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
    Before my vehicle accident I was a healthy young man enjoying my career as a Deputy Sheriff in Richmond, VA. My accident occurred on October 15, 2000 but before that horrifying day I truly believe that God was calling me to change my life. I was out on the town every weekend just partying and meeting lots of women. I didn’t see my life going out of control but I guess God did. He (God) gave me three chances to dedicate my life to Him.
    One Sunday morning I got up and a soft spoken voice told me to go to church. I went to a local church and enjoyed myself but after church I heard these other voices. They were telling me how bad my life would change if I continued this request. The second opportunity came when I went to get a haircut. I was fortunate in having a beautiful blonde lady cut my hair. Our conversion went from talking about a haircut style to finding out we were both single parents. At the end she invited me to visit her church and asked me if I knew Jesus Christ as my savior. That following Sunday I went to church but for all the wrong reasons. I didn’t go back because I was bomb barred with the same old negative voices again. The third chance came from a co-worker/friend. He told me that he had been praying for me and wanted to know if I would visit his church. I told him that I had tried several churches and I wasn’t interested.
    Shortly after that conversion my life would change in a blink of an eye. My first night in rehabilitation, I found myself crying like I never cried before. And then there was this soft voice again saying, “I am still here for you”. I knew it was God calling me and I gave my life to Him. In a blink of an eye, life can change.

    • timjoebob says:

      Wow, Edward, that’s one heck of a story.

      You are in my prayers today as you reflect.

      I ride a motorcycle nearly everyday and know my life could change in the blink of an eye. Knowing God never blimks, even if something should happen, is comforting and reassuring.

      Blessings this day!


      Sent by Tim’s BlackBerry

  4. Kenny Lee says:

    Number 25 and number 34 are neck and neck for my favorite so I am putting them both down…
    25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
    34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

  5. Dennis Fisher says:

    34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
    The unconditional love of God… no matter what I say, do, think. I know that Gods love is always there for me, that makes me want to please God in my Life and want to share that Love.

  6. Dave Lutton says:

    35,37,&38. They all are great, would take a lifetime to work through +. But what a lifetime!

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