Baby Boomers,

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.
I changed.

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.
Life it tough enough without beating yourself up.

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.

Buy this!

Eat this!

Watch this!

Act now!

Don’t wait!

Blahblahblahblah blah blah blah!!!
Hey, it’s your life so you can do what you want.  If you like my inspirational notes today, then great… use them if you want.  
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.
But let me tell you this.  I ran across this article on one of my favorite websites, StumbleUpon.  It was perfect timing because it got me through a bad day.  In fact, it has inspired me to change my life in many little ways. The title of the article is  “45 Life Lessons Written By a 90 Year Old”

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.
Regina Brett is the author of Be the Miracle: 50 Lessons for Making the Impossible Possible and God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours

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.
Hopefully, you will find these as entertaining and inspiring as I did even if they were written by someone our age and not a 90 year old person.

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.

40.  Yield
Do you have any life lessons that have inspired you?

Please share them in the comments section below.