stop… and take a minute to read this (it’ll make you smile like her… or is it a him?)

I don’t often do the re-post thing but when I stumbled across these I felt I just had to share them. Take a minute and read them. Really read them. They’ll make you smile… in gratitude, thanks, self love and respect. Thanks to Regina Brett who shared this list with us “to celebrate growing older” (Regina just turned 90!).

It’s so easy to neglect ourselves. Sometimes all we need to remind us of our value is something little like this.

Happy reading xx

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.  Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
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. Love  your parents because they will be gone before you know it.
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. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
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.

image courtesy of art-e-ology

5 thoughts on “stop… and take a minute to read this (it’ll make you smile like her… or is it a him?)

  1. Can i just change this one:
    23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.


    23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear yellow.
    and add:
    24. watch the wizard of oz

  2. I absolutely loved reading all 45. Thank you for posting them Kat. Number 11 meant a lot to me. Such wise advice, not always easy to do but I know it is the right way. Also 14. I was in a relationship that was based around secrecy and the relationship didnt last. 21 is special. How many times do we use the old stuff so we can keep the new for that special occasion. I would like to keep them permanently on my computer. How can I do this Kat?

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Number 21 is very special to me too. I love using grandma’s dinner set and drinking tea from her cups and saucers. What good are they when I’m dead or if I’m forever awaiting that ‘special occasion’ that you refer to? Will it even come? You can bookmark the page on your computer by going to “bookmarks” and “add bookmark” but I’ll email it to you too so that you always have it. It’s a great list to refer to when you need that little bit of perspective.
      Love smartykat xx

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