7%: Something we should all read at least once a week!

90yearsWritten by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, 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 – 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. 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 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. 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. 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

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 of 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 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.”

Its estimated 93% won’t forward this. If you are one of the 7% who will, forward this with the title ‘7%’.

I’m in the 7%. Friends are the family that we choose.

Submitted by Bob Stanley


  1. Cute List……
    The the that bothers me is # 38!
    I think she better, think of her Eternal Life!!!! 🙂

  2. This is a keeper.

    I am especially drawn to #8, although to a lower degree than “anger.”

    To wit: I once asked my Dominican pastor if it was OK to complain to God. He assured me that is was.

    Since then (actually, since well before then), this has been a significant portion of my prayer life. Much more than 7%.

    • I was told that the complaint department in Heaven is located right next to the entrance to Hell. Kind of keeps things in perspective!


      • There’s an entrance to Hell located in Heaven? C’mon!

      • Not IN Heaven – but just close enough to keep everybody in Heaven eternally grateful.

        It’s just like the account of Lazarus and the rich man. Everybody was able to see everybody else.


      • Oh, that must be the “Gulf-Side” Entance!
        In Heaven we have No Pain and Sorrow, but of unspeakable Joy!
        Lazarus, may have been appointed by God, on the Outposts of Heaven, to see the Gulf between Heaven and Hell…..as a MESSENGER!

      • “…but just close enough to keep everybody in Heaven eternally grateful.”

        Your image falls apart here. Those who have achieved Heaven are eternally grateful, and need no continuing negative incentive to stay that way.

        Now, excuse me while I go down on my knees and complain a bit.

      • Yah,
        Once in heaven, there is No Need, of any REMINDER of Anything of Hell!!!!! You are Devoid of EVIL! 🙂

  3. A Wise Man turns away from Anger…..especially to an All Holy God!
    Wisdom, is the Fear Of God!

    • As one of my Benedictine nun grammar school teachers once said: “Some are wise, and some are otherwise.” Count me among the latter.

      • How About Wise A– ??? 🙂

      • You know me too well!

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