In the Spirit of Benevolence…
February 1, 2011 5 Comments
I’m not sure if it’s the time of year or just where I am at in my life but I’ve been spending a lot of time reflecting on my current ‘life’ status.
Could be because I just got off a plane from a week-long business trip to Panama City, Panama and I now find myself longing for the 34•C tropical weather rather than the -24•C that was this morning and the looming blizzard that is looming over SW Ontario…
I could be because of the insane amount of stress that life threw at me the last quarter of 2010…
Who the heck knows…
But in light of recent events, I have found it important to do an inventory, clean-up, clear-out, re-sort, re-assess many aspects of my life, from the physical to the emotional.
Although honestly, I am not sure one can be done without the other, but that’s just me.
And so, on the rare occasion, my friends send me those mass emails that threaten you that should you not pass it along, you will get a bazillion years of bad luck within moments of not sending it to 5,000 people and to so-called friends we collect in our contact lists blah blah blah.
I have threatened most to chop them off at the knees if they send my junk like that ever again… but on the rare occasion, one slips thru and they get put on notice.
This is one of those rare instances where I didn’t threatened their family jewels or to squeeze the last breath out of their dying withering bodies for sending me what the Dali Lama said for the gazillionth time or what some crazy insane magic trick with numbers that always end up with your life’s digits.
Nope – I didn’t spam their assanine email.
I actually liked this one where I ACTUALLY read it.
And I liked it so much that I am ACTUALLY going to share it with you.
Huh. Not me.
Perhaps it’s because of my current re-evaluation frame of mind where I am feeling benevolent enough… but I LIKED this one… save the whole bullshit guilting you into sending it along to other because of some voodoo mojo ill will on your first borns head because you didn’t send it along. Sharing it here should save me from that … for many lifetimes. No.
Some 90 yrs old person shared their life lessons and I thought, hey – cool! I like these!
Yup – we’ve probably heard them all before… nothing really new honestly.
I mean, come on… we all know Life is Like a Box of Chocolates… and since I spit out the creamy, fruity chocolates in the box and eat all the nutty or truffle-filled ones… you can conclude what you like about the life I lead – you have my permission.
So with no further ado… here is the spam that I got in my inbox that I will ACTUALLY share with y’all because it most certainly simplifies the whatever process I am mid-stream of doing… and it ain’t bad life rules to follow… just don’t come to expect this… nor send me this crap either again!!
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.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
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.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”