Wondering about wild grapes

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Wondering about the contents of an email.

I don’t usually copy anything from emails and put in my blog, but I received one from an old and dear friend the other day that I would like to share with those of you who haven’t received it yet. I figure that it is probably spread to a large percentage of people who have email accounts by now.

And oh yes, when I said my friend was an old friend, I didn’t mean to imply that he was old, since he is actually a little younger than I am. He has been a dear friend for a long time.

Anyway, here is the email:

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!!
Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

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.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Now, those lessons make a lot of sense to me. I always try to see the beauty and the comedy in everything that life throws at me. Some times it is hard, but during those times you just have to look harder and closer and maybe just a little past the present problem. Just think, if you didn’t have any problems to solve, wouldn’t life be really boring?

I do not believe in the word “boring”. I do not believe that a person has the right to be bored, since there is so much that can be done or thought through. Even if the body can’t do something, the mind can.

Have a good day now, you hear?!?!


  1. The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore. - Samuel Butler

    Everyday is a good day even if I decide to sleep through it.

  2. may I add one?
    “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR’s First Inaugural Address

  3. Thank you for your comment on my blog, Dizzy-Dick.

    Funny you should say that, as I had been reading yours just half an hour before. I think it was from Barney's blog.

    If you remember I commented on your post about Buttons passing, so I do read it from time to time. I had noticed that you are in Cut-N-Shoot, I used to live at the end of Whippoorwill, so I am familiar with that area. Are you in that Country RV park?

    Today's blog is an interesting one, too.

    Happy Tails and Trails, Penny, TX

  4. Sorry, I just re-read your comment on my blog.
    I see you are on acreage, so you are not in a park. Lots of acreage around Cut-N-Shoot, you could be anywhere!

    That is the best way to be, to have a little place one can call home, and can usually do what you want to do.
    I have my own place too, but it is not on acreage, as I wouldn't want to worry to all that mowing.

    Happy Tails and Trails, Penny, TX

  5. Old Fool, You are absolutely right and have the correct idea.

    Ben, that is mostly true, and it seems there is a lot of fear going around lately.

    LC-Penny, Sorry Penny, I don't know how I missed your comment about Buttons, I just went back and read it and got another tear in my eye. Her grave is right outside my office window, so she can still be my secretary.

    I have 12 acres with a "swamp" in the middle. See my blog: http://dizzydick.blogspot.com/2010/10/wandering-around-my-place-back-in-05.html

    Tha has pics of my swamp. Other blogs have shown my house, etc. For your info, I live in the Groceville area just on the west side of Cut & Shoot. I know very well where Whippoorwill is, a friend of mine lives off that road.

  6. I like these sayings. I should remember them, as they could come in handy someday!

  7. Yep HJ, I always tried to learn from my elders, but it is becoming more and more difficult to find any older than I am (grin).