Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Today is special...

I receive loads of email everyday.
Spam mails, Lottery mails, query mails, forwarded mails...

I, like many others don't bother too much with forwarded mails, but this one mail from a friend completely appealed to me.

It is long.
If you have the time enjoy it.
If not, come back later to read it.

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

"To celebrate growing older, I 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 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 pay cheque.
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 no one else.
20. When it 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.

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
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
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.



Ammu said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing this.

Sophia Ali said...

That's like a little book of instruction...thanks for sharing...

Arch at Rang said...

I would like to call them little reminders;-)

Thanks Ammu, Sophia:-)

Sophia Ali said...

I have forwarded these instructions to all my friends...they are worth sharing...

megha punater said...

this is lovely arch,perfect timing.i have been on pain killers due to my teeth the last 5 days and this post of yours really cheered me up.thank you :)

Divya said...

Hi Arch,

I am a regular visitor, sometimes more than once a day.

I would like to add the following to your post,

"You are too blessed to be stressed "

Read this line sometime back along with the other ones. Nice post and good website. Keep it up.


Perfect Witch said...


~mE said...

i want to keep a print of this and read it everyday...its inspiring

Aarohi said...

" Today is special" I felt the same way when I got it from dad.... glad it touched you too.

Komal-Nishka said...


We've been waiting for a post from you and whoooaaa wht a come bk :)

I love it and at 28, i believe & hv exprienced most of the 45 tht hv been listed.. am I too old for my age then already ;) Scary :)

Arch at Rang said...

Sharanya, Divya, Perfect Witch, Megha, Komal- Thanks:-)

Aarohi- YEs, I am so glad you sent me the mail:-)

Megha- Hope you feel better soon!

sreenisreedharan said...

(off topic)
i've seen your 'chai' in better photography, congrts arch.

Arch at Rang said...

Thanks Sreeinsreedharan:-)

Jagriti said...

great reminders...!if only we could remember these when faced with a situation..

wud like to add one more to it ~
'what matters is not to add years to your life, but to add life to your uears'...

Paavani said...

Today when I received the email in my Inbox I recalled your "today is special". Yes, everyday is special :)

Lovely reminders list.

Anonymous said...

just pointing out a fact. Regina Brett's website ( says "The single most popular column ever written by Regina was "50 Life Lessons," written for The Plain Dealer when she turned 50 years old in 2006. So, despite what you may have read on the internet, Regina is not 90 years old !! ".

Arch at Rang said...

Indu- Thanks for the information:-)

Really appreciate it:-)

Anonymous said...

All so very true.

Shalini said...

That's a great mail to get as a forward :-)

I loved so many of the "reminders"....especially "to be eccentric".

Kamini said...

Wow! Really need reminders like these every once in a while! Thanks, plan to print out , frame and hang up someplace where I can see it every day!

Domestic Goddess said...

Awesome Arch. So true.......thank you for reminding all of us these precious points.....:)

Ambika said...

Lovely! each one is simple. yet thought provoking.