Monday, 6 January 2014

The Monday Smile

Happy New Year to you all and welcome to the first Monday Smile of the year.  I know today is going to be a difficult one for many of us going back to work after a lovely long Christmas break but it's time to move forward and put all those New Years resolutions to the test.  So what better way to start the year than a little philosophy for life. 

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.
Try and read to the end or read half today and the rest tomorrow.
 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 future.
 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."
 Thank you June for sharing it's definitely one to read often. :)
Have a great week everyone!


  1. Wow lots there to think about and lots of good guidance for a long and happy life. Some of it I already do naturally, some of it gives me pause for thought in that I could easily adapt into my life. The rest is something that had not occurred to me but after reading it I think to myself, 'ah yes of course that totally makes sense now'. Thank you for sharing Linda

  2. I love her list.. It certainly makes you pause for though.
    Sally xxx

  3. How kind of you to leave such lovely comments.
    Thank you Linda.

    I love your Blog so interesting well done! x

  4. Wow, all so very true. It certainly puts things in perspective. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you for sharing this - it's full of wisdom :)

  6. Yes, yes, yes! Especially the one about chocolate. :D

  7. Wonderful list! Food for thought and cause of a smile :) Thanks for sharing. Wish you a wonderful and fantastic new year.
    Regards, Sangeetha


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