45 Lessons Life Taught Me

February 18, 2018 Clark No comments exist

Written by a 90 year old columnist of the Plain Dealer, a local newspaper of Cleveland, Ohio.


  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s 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 okay 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 okay 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 three 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.
  31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  32. Don’t take yourself so serious – 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 and could choose what to take.  We’d grab our own 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 a gift.

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