Posted by: Admin | February 10, 2011

Words of Wisdom – Regina Brett

This is one of those “pass it on” emails that we all get, so I apologise if you’ve seen it already. I haven’t researched it’s veracity, but I agree with most of it (being an anti-theist I can’t comment on the more Godly bits) so I hope you enjoy. See you tomorrow!

Written 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 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

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

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

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

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

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.”



  1. This is great – thanks. Intrigued by the term ‘anti-theist’ – never heard it before. Athesist, yes, but anti-theist sounds more Richard Dawkins! Do you want to elaborate?

  2. Hi Andrew – welcome to project50.

    To elaborate: I believe in the right of anyone to worship in any way they wish, so long as no harm is done to themselves or others. Equally, I believe in anyone’s right not to follow any belief system, so long as no harm is done to themselves or others.

    I call myself an “anti-theist” because I don’t believe in religion. I do believe in the inherent goodness of humanity. I don’t call myself an atheist, because, unlike Richard Dawkins (I believe), I am prepared to allow for the possibility of empirical science not being able to explain everything.

    I hope that makes sense!

  3. Hi, thanks for the reply. I’m really enoying the site and your posts.

    I’m reminded of the film Contact (1997, staring Jodie Foster). Dr Ellie Arroway, the ‘I won’t believe anything unless I have evidence’ astronmer finds herself asking others to believe her story of an alien encounter. However, she can only relate her personal experience and has no independent evidence to back up her story. Can some things indeed be true unless they can be proved so to others? Are there things that science can’t measure or reveal? My thoughts, for example. Science can register brain activity, but can’t reveal what I am thinking. And yet what I am thinking is real.

    Or, how about The Truman Show (1998, starring Jim Carrey)? In that film, reality is not what it appears to Truman. In fact he has been spun a delusion. Everyone else, except Truman, is in on the secret that he is the star of a reality TV show. How can we tell what of our world and experiences are real? Is religion a delusion, I wonder. Is that all religions? Or what if ‘religion’ is real and it’s the rest who are believing a delusion? How can we tell?

    And I’m intrugued by your thought that humanity is inherently good. Last night I read an article about a new gold rush in Bolivia where a superhighway that has taken 40 years to build has opened up an easy route to rich illegal mining operations in one of the most bilogically diverse rainforests of the world. It’s not just the eco-disaster I noted, but the rush for profit at any cost, the bribery and corruption, the child sex trafficking, the total disregard for health and safety etc. etc. Over 10,000 people are involved! Are we really any different in our more stable, materially rich, legally-regulated western culture? Our families are broken, our relationships are on the rocks, our lust for possessions is never satisfied, our politicians are on the make, we cheat on our travel insurance claim, we break the speed limit as long as there are no speed traps ……

    Sure, most people are quite good much of the time. It’s just some who are very bad some of the time. But our predeliction to cheat, lie and be selfish makes me wonder if humanity is indeed inherently good. Or, does it matter? How can we tell?


  4. Some interesting ideas here, Andrew. But is what you’re thinking real, or just your perception? What about schizophrenia? Or depression?

    I loved Contact, and the Truman Show. I think the latter proved that human beings crave authenticity – it wasn’t until Truman began to question his reality that he realised there was a reason for his discontent.

    I would differentiate between “religion” and “spirituality”, the one being man-made, the other part of human experience.

    Finally, I agree, sometimes it’s hard to see the good in people, but I cling stubbornly (religiously?) to the belief it is there! How can we tell? Well, I think that there are other predelictions that counter the ones you list, such as the ability to love, the protective instincts we feel for our children, the inability of many to cheat.

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