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For those of us making Resolutions take heed!

It’s a new year it’s a new dawn etc, and we will all try to start off the year in a good way but will slowly or surely go back into the bad habits. The following is a list of life’s lesson written by Regina Brett, a 90 year old retired journalist that I think would be a good template for 2012! To celebrate growing older, she once wrote about the lessons life taught her. It was the most requested column she had ever written. So here is the column she wrote in celebration of her 90th birthday. Take heed:

Life’s lessons

Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. When in doubt, just take the next small step. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch. Pay off your credit card or card’s every month. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. It’s OK to let your children see you cry. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special. Over prepare, and then go with the flow. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple. The most important sex organ is the brain. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will these matters? “Always choose life. Forgive everyone everything. What other people think of you is none of your business.

Time heals almost everything. Give time. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. Believe in miracles. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do. Don’t audit life!!

Show up and make the most of it now. Growing old beats the alternative—dying young. Your children get only one childhood. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. The best is yet to come. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. Yield. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

Thought for the week

As your thought for the week, look at your life’s lessons and see what you are doing about them. Happy new year to you and everyone and may 2012 be all you want it to be for you and your family and friends.