Skip to content

50 Life Lessons by Regina Brett

June 24, 2009

I got 45 of these lessons in an email – wondering who authored them, I typed ‘45 lessons’ into a Google search and wha-la – look what I found, an amazing woman who was nominated for a Pulitzer! 

I am so glad I looked as I got 5 additional lessons that I would’ve otherwise missed. 

I started bolding the ones I liked best, but as I was reading and bolding I realized that they nearly all were bold… emphasizing how profoundly pertinent these are. 

“…for her range of compelling columns that move the heart, challenge authority and often trigger action while giving readers deeper insight into life’s challenges.”

                 – 2009 Pulitzer Prize Committee

From her website: Reginastudio

The single most popular column ever written by Regina Brett was “50 Life Lessons,” written for The Plain Dealer when she turned 50 years old in 2006.  So, despite what you may have read on the in an email or on the internet, Regina is NOT 90 years old !!  You can read the original column here (and a recent column by Regina about the “internet aging process” here).

You’ll get to read more about the “lessons” in April of 2010 when Grand Central Publishing releases her book, “God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours.”  Please watch this space for more information.

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I’ve ever written My odometer rolled over to 50 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. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

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. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

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

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

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

36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

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. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

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

43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45. The best is yet to come.

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

47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

49. Yield.

50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.


Thank you Regina!

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to FurlAdd to Newsvine

14 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2009 6:47 pm

    Wow, that is a great list! Not only do I thank Regina for pulling it all together, I thank you for finding it and posting it. 🙂

    Tink *~*~*

  2. June 24, 2009 7:48 pm

    So many, all of those are true and very good afirmations to live by.

  3. June 25, 2009 4:36 pm

    Thanks so much for that post. We must be in the same frame of mind. I’ve been so busy lately that I have not looked at everything. I am going to print that list and keep it near by so that I can be reminded often what is really important in life.

    Enjoy the rest of your day!!
    Hugs, Nerina 🙂

  4. June 26, 2009 7:58 am

    Simple reminders and yet often neglected. I for one am guilty on some of those lists. And isn’t it comforting to hear of # 34? 🙂

  5. June 27, 2009 9:16 pm

    Hi..Thanks for the H.P.S.!!….
    you have a very intersting blog, and I’m going to check out your etsy …

  6. julia permalink
    February 13, 2010 1:01 am

    It is so true for myself and anyone connected to God.
    I have sent it to my close friends for Valentine’s I think is a superb gift, very valuable at no cost.
    Thank you Regina!

  7. Rizvee permalink
    February 18, 2010 8:49 pm

    wow …….

  8. Disu Akintunde Oluwafemi permalink
    July 12, 2010 11:59 pm

    I first came across these lessons pasted on a wall in lodge,I googled Regina Brett and I must confess, I love what I saw.

  9. Donna Presser permalink
    August 13, 2010 12:11 pm

    Hi Regina,
    I loved your book God Never Blinks! My long time friend from Texas sent it to me to help me with a tough time in my life. You are such an inspiration to those of us who have walked in your shoes part of the way. Can’t wait for the next book that you will write. Hope to someday meet you.
    God Bless You,
    Donna Presser

  10. kirti solanki permalink
    October 7, 2010 10:45 am

    i liked what you wrote all points best

    kirti solanki

  11. June 24, 2013 8:59 pm

    Acts of RetaliationPerhaps the conceptual contact experiences of President Bush mirror those reported by dexter missouri airport Lights
    witness Barbara Gibson spoke to the Secret Message Report
    – Podcast Edition.

  12. June 28, 2013 12:12 am

    Undeniably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason appeared to be on the internet the simplest thing to
    be aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked while
    people consider worries that they plainly do not know about.

    You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out
    the whole thing without having side effect , people could take a signal.

    Will likely be back to get more. Thanks


  1. Binti kutoka Pwani
  2. Social Media and the State of the World | Inspiration is Everywhere

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: