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  1. Gr8Scott

    Gr8Scott Super Member ECF Veteran


    I was going through some files and such and found some inspirational things with which I had been blessed. So I thought perhaps, in the true spirit of paying it forward, I would share them here and start a thread to which we could post things that give us a little perspective about life. I really love JJs thread and as I was posting there I thought "I have some things that aren't exactly 'funny' but just 'soulful', " so I created this thread as the "deep" isn't always full of levity.

    I will start with this, written by a 90 year old. Words worth reading and heeding.

    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 – enjoy it.

    4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

    5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

    6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

    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. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

    18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

    19.. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all 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 undergarments. 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.

    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 of 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. Accept what you already have, not what 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."
  2. Gr8Scott

    Gr8Scott Super Member ECF Veteran

    And this with a preface.

    All through my growing up, all around the country, my father would take this off the wall and read it to me. Good times and bad times, this was his credo.( As a matter of fact the attached image is the exact one that was on the wall).

    He read it so many times I remember thinking, "Oh man, here we go again" as I pretended attention whilst my thoughts drifted elsewhere. Funny, I'm pretty sure he knew I was thinking about my bike, cartoons and later, girls and concerts and all the other things that are of great import to teenage boys.

    He passed from the great enemy, cancer, in 2001. Dad was a true warrior and my best friend, a great asset to this world. I am sure he thought much less of himself than that, as all real great men and women tend to do. These days reading the Desiderata can always elicit tears, the very good kind.

    Now I am beyond young adulthood and can testify that this is indeed a practical truthful work that is still relevant in these "advanced" times. If for nothing else than "be gentle with yourself".


    Peace be with you :)
  3. Gr8Scott

    Gr8Scott Super Member ECF Veteran

    Simple and very true:

  4. loxmythe

    loxmythe PIF owner/moderator Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jun 14, 2010
    I have this "desiderata" hanging on my office wall :thumb:
  5. Gr8Scott

    Gr8Scott Super Member ECF Veteran


    I've been sort of in the doldrums for inspirational material, so I am letting a song provide such:

    You gotta read the lyrics.

    The lyrics in 2D:

    So it's simple and maybe not your favorite genre, but sometimes that's all it takes :)
  6. Gr8Scott

    Gr8Scott Super Member ECF Veteran

    Oky Dokey,

    Let's go for living life with perspective....



  7. Gr8Scott

    Gr8Scott Super Member ECF Veteran

    And more good words in the Spirit of the Above:

    Noah's Ark :

    Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark.

    ONE: Don't miss the boat.

    TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat!

    THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark .

    FOUR: Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.

    FIVE: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.

    SIX: Build your future on high ground.

    SEVEN: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

    EIGHT: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

    NINE: When you're stressed, float awhile.

    TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

    ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.
  8. daleron

    daleron ECF Guru - TWR Co-Mod Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 16, 2013
    Arkansas, USA
  9. daleron

    daleron ECF Guru - TWR Co-Mod Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 16, 2013
    Arkansas, USA
    Sometimes our hearts get tangled
    And our souls a little off-kilter
    Friends and family can set us right
    And help guide us back to the light.
    ~Sera Christann

    *When the world says, "Give up,"
    Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
    ~Author Unknown

    You learn to like someone when you find out what makes them laugh, but you can never truly love someone until you find out what makes them cry. ~Author Unknown

    Come & dine the Master calleth

  10. daleron

    daleron ECF Guru - TWR Co-Mod Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 16, 2013
    Arkansas, USA
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