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OPTIMAL SURVIVAL :: Wise Advice From Regina Brett

Regina Brett, a popular columnist with The Cleveland Plain Dealer and a Pulitzer Prize winning finalist, gave us “45 Life Lessons” that spread like wildfire around the Webosphere in a fictional chain email that she herself did not create.

The email claimed the original author was a 90 years old woman. However, in actuality, Regina was a mere 50 when she first authored her piece in The Plain Dealer on Sunday, May 28, 2006. Her very special inspiration had been garnered via her high sensitivity from battles with life, single motherhood, and serious bouts with cancer.

Since then, Regina has added 5 more Life Lessons that brings the total to 50.

Regina Brett’s Video List

Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible By Regina Brett

Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible By Regina Brett

She has also authored a number of books based on her special column containing the cancer survivor and single mom’s most important life lessons.

Her books expands and expounds on that column, incorporating other essays penned over her 14 years as an opinion columnist that relate to such ideas as: “Overprepare, then go with the flow,” “Stay put in the day you are in,” and “God loves you because of who God is.”

SOME OF OUR MOST FAVORITE LESSONS FROM REGINA’S LIST

When in doubt, just take the next small step.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

Overprepare, then go with the flow.

Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
(SATTV: This may apply to those who are middle-aged and above. The very young need their parents’ and other adults’ approval, and thus, wearing purple may lead to difficulties. But for the more mature, this is priceless. Wearing purple in a sea of grey can sometimes help brighten the entire world. Our most eccentric have often been our most inpirational.)

Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
(SATTV: Things change unforeseeably. It’s amazing how the worst can lead to the best.)

Forgive everyone everything.
(SATTV: Forgiveness = freedom.)

What other people think of you is none of your business.
(SATTV: Or is it? It may be none of your business, but if they put it into action, it becomes your business. Perhaps this is why people care about what others think of them, especially in business matter. But, allowing the opinions of others to flow off one’s back is truly efficacious.)

Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
(SATTV: And, involved.)

Believe in miracles.
(SATTV: They happen everyday. No one is immune.)

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

Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
(SATTV: “…the finest steel is forged from dissonance and distress. The most potent of men are honed upon the most derelict of circumstances, and it is the darkness encroaching that causes such a man to seek the greater light.” )

If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
(SATTV: As regarding things, as opposed to ‘people’)

All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
(SATTV: It is said that those on their deathbeds most often regret missed opportunities for loving relationships.)

Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
(SATTV: Works.)

If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
(SATTV: Put aside fear of rejection to ask for what you need.)

The best is yet to come.
(SATTV: Hoorah. : )


The entire list can be seen at:
http://blog.cleveland.com/pdextra/2007/09/regina_bretts_45_life_lessons.html


Regina’s Books:
Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible
God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours



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