How many times have you heard the phrase: “We survived another work week?”
Or even worse, how many times have you said it yourself?
I really don’t understand why people feel this way.
I used to feel this way.
I hated it.
Everyday should be Friday. Weekends should be 7 days long. Every day you should be excited looking forward to what the next day has to offer.
If you don’t, then change something. Period.
It doesn't help when you are your own worst enemy.
My job here as the headmaster of this blog is not to judge you. My job is not to speculate or theorize why you feel the way you do. My job is to provide opportunity and support for you. It is up to me to help when I can and maybe along the way make your life a little easier and a little more fulfilling.
It is my job to inspire you.
Sometimes, all it takes is just a little word of encouragement to turn a bad day (or a rough life) into a resounding success.
That's my plan for you today.
I want to be the stimulus for you to end your work week on a high note.
Nowadays, we are bombarded by thousands, if not millions, of messages every day. It seems like the world is constantly telling us what to do.
Blahblahblahblah blah blah blah!!!
If you don’t like them, then don’t use them. Maybe you are having a bad day and don’t feel like being inspired.
I get it.
I thought: “That has to be interesting.”
So I checked it out, only to find out that, like so many other things you read on the internet, this article has been “reinvented” as time passed. It wasn’t written by a 90 year old. It was written by a fellow Baby Boomer, Regina Brett.
Over the last decade or so, this article has gone viral across the internet so I guess I am just doing my part to keep it alive.
You can check it out on her website HERE.
Both books are collections of inspirational essays and stories about the lessons life taught her.
She was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, in 2009 and 2008 for columns she wrote for The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper.
When Regina turned 50, she wrote a column on the 50 lessons life taught her.
A life as an unwed mother.
A life as a single parent for 18 years.
A life searching for love and finally finding it at 40.
A life interrupted by breast cancer at age 41.
A life that reflects the ups and downs, twists and turns we all face, but usually not all in one lifetime.
I used my "artistic license" and picked out my favorite 40.
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 not to enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Save for things that matter.
8. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
9. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
10. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
11. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
13. Everything can change in the blink of an eye
14. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
20. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, ‘In five years, will this matter?’
25. Always choose Life.
26. Forgive but don’t forget.
27. What other people think of you is none of your business.
28. Time heals almost everything. Give Time time.
29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
31. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
32. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
33. Your children get only one childhood.
34. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
35. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
36. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d
grab ours back.
37. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you think you need.
38. The best is yet to come…
39. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
Please share them in the comments section below.
If you found today’s blog helpful, interesting, or even funny, I bet your friends would too.
It's easy to tell them about it.
Forward it on to them or just email them my blog link at www.survive55.com.
The more Baby Boomers we can help, the better place we make this world !!!
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