Friday, June 26, 2009

Lessons From Life

  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 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. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  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 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 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 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. 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
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio

15 Comments:

briman232 said...

Yes don't be afraid to get angry with god. Although doing so is expressly forbidden in both the old and new testament. God thinks you should be stoned to death.
The real reason not to be afraid to get angry at god is the same reason that you shouldn't be afraid to be angry at unicorns (also real according to the bible).

Cody said...

GOD? where?

Anonymous said...

46. Don't criticize others and their beliefs, unless the outcome is constructive. If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all.

How would you feel if someone who believes something different from you told you how you're wrong, your beliefs are false, and points out all the contradictions in your belief? Not just with religion, but with anything at all. If you said that you eat healthily, I could say that all food is unhealthy, for when broken down some of the smallest particles not used actually kill you, so the only "healthy" food is water.

Even if it's really bothering you that people mention their beliefs, look at 44. Yield. Let it pass. 28. Forgive everyone everything. 18. Whatever doesn't kill you only makes you stronger. 26. In five years, will this matter? In five minutes, will this matter? life is to short to hate someone and to waste time shooting down every mistake and flaw people have. you have flaws, too. nobody is perfect.

I found this list very helpful in my life. thank you for posting it, for it really changed my attitude and the way I saw things.

And I really liked 23. I'm totally going to buy a purple trench coat and top hat when i can afford them =P

Clyde said...

I am stoned to death! - It's Gods Will!

Anonymous said...

Your understanding of god is only based on one book?
You need to crack open a few more on the subject.

God is more than a story book character.

Everything is an expression of that unknowable whole that some call God.
That thing is also called Energy, the Tao, the great spirit, the one, source, the supreme being, the unified field and a host of other names to describe existence.
Your nature is part of the whole, that whole can be called God. There is no personality, no judgment, just pure being.
God just is, anything else is an interpretation and doesn't describe the whole.

No religion, no doctrine or dogma has it completely right, they are just systems, and they are systems that need to evolve along with everything else.

Some things in this universe are beyond thought and reason. Like consciousness. Like God.

Evolve. It will do you good.

Anonymous said...

1.
The outcome of criticizing belief in the supernatural is very constructive.

2. If someone challenged one of my beliefs and provided arguments i would either refute his arguments or change my belief, that is what a reasonable person must do.

3. If you want to redefine the word "god" to mean universe/everything, then so be it, but masking this simple fact in complex words doesn't lend it any spirituality or mysticism. You are simply saying i would like to call the universe god. This term of god has nothing to do with the other term of god that implies a creator.

4. No, there is no proof that anything in this universe is beyond thought and reason, if you want to understand how consciousness came to be may i suggest that you learn more about evolution. It will do you good.

Anonymous said...

Oh, i know a lot about evolution, they teach it at schools here. On top of that I was raised in a household full of books and knowledge. I have been reading on the subject since i was seven.

I believe in evolution, however i also believe that the universe works in ways that newtonian physics, darwinian evolution and freudian psychology, and 'our' general western framework of reality, is lacking something. They all fail to answer the questions of how it started, what consciousness is and what life is. I believe it likely the "self organization" theory holds true as to the origin of life.

As for the creator god, that i'm unsure about, how all this started. The best physics has to offer is the big bang (ie. something from nothing), and i'm cool with that as I've read the evidence.

I am of the persuasion that the whole of the universe is a constantly evolving conscious entity, and we are, with our consciousnesses, in a way microcosms of it.

Also, i have the proof of my own experience. I know science doesn't like that as an answer to anything, after all anecdotal evidence is no evidence at all. But i continue my search for knowledge wherever and however i can, my mind changes.

I'm not anti-science, at all, the scientific method is the only way we can discover things. Investigation, observation, experimentation, controls and repetition.
I am against closed minds who look to the science texts and immediately refute without looking into it themselves. I used to be one, until i started questioning the fabric of reality and my place in it.

Think about it, long and hard, what are you? a human, an ape, a collection of ever changing molecules and atoms, a temporary coherent energy field that is somehow self-aware. Does your consciousness exist inside your body? or is it somehow non-local or detachable? What are your thoughts? how do they relate to that conscious observer inside? where do you begin and end? what is emotion? How can you explain states of being such as ecstasy, transcendence, meditation, out of body experiences?
And a host of other questions.

I believe they all have answers. It's just that the answers seem to (at this stage) not tally with the materialist western model. Which only really means the western model needs tweaking.

perhaps my last statement was over the top with the beyond thought and reason thing. I believe in time, and with open minds, we will have a better understanding, but we're steeped in tradition and that causes trouble when you're looking at the foundations of reality.

Mostly though, I'm bored and writing stuff on the internet.

I have nothing against you whatsoever, you are me. Just a different shape.

Anonymous said...

Some people are so sure that there is no God. Why? Because they have never seen Him? Because they have never heard a loud booming voice saying, "THIS IS GOD"?

My dad is a good friend of mine. Are you going to tell me I'm wrong, that my dad doesn't exist. Because you have never seen him or heard him speak. That he is not real, because he is not real to you than he is just in my head.

I will laugh at you. I don't care what you think he is my father and a friend. Now if I never talk to him and never make any effort to stay close to him, than eventually I will probably say He doesn't care and convince myself that He doesn't even exist.

But am I going to try to convince you that He is real? Possibly, but why? Because it will be better for me if you know Him? I don't even know you why would you knowing Him effect me? It wouldn't.

I will spend just a few moments trying to show you that He is real. Then if you make a little room for belief He can show you how real He is.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Todd said...

Believe in God...or not. To each his own. We'll ALL find out eventually. :)

Anonymous said...

Anon, you are retarded.

"My dad is a good friend of mine. Are you going to tell me I'm wrong, that my dad doesn't exist. Because you have never seen him or heard him speak."

Bad comparison. I trust since you are alive, you have/had a dad. Unless you are Jesus of course...are you Jesus?
There is a difference between claiming something tangible exists, and claiming that a concept or theory is true. If someone doesn't believe you have a dad, you introduce them, if you claim that you've been to the planet Xycon, and had sex with elephant headed baboons, and write non-fiction book about it, how many people do you think are going to take you seriously? Whats sad is, juding by the current number of people tat believe tat some form of god exists, despite no empirical evidence whatsoever, a lot of people probably will.

Anonymous said...

makes sense except of this "god" theory

Durgesh said...

God is in your home...

Your parents is God...

Be there for them, and god will be there for you.

Yes you are not successful in ur love, career, or social life.. But as one line says above, ur parents will be there for u when u are sick..

And be patient , the best is yet to come... Keep trying till then...

I might be saying all this to myself.. cuz i need these advices... :)

Rose Belle said...

Wow, thanks. It's very uplifting although I have to admit, it is so much easier to say then to act. It's just human nature, we act based on our emotions and it is because most of us can not refrain ourselves, that's when we put ourselves in trouble. Self control is very hard.

Shabbar Suterwala - Helping People to see the best in themselves said...

nice thoughts to ponder upon

dentist reviews said...

Fine list and if the author wishes to offer her own viewpoint on the spiritual, good luck to her. I think that everyone should be open to all credos ... evaluate it for themselves.

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