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“I am grateful for an ethical son.” – Doc Meek

Friday, November 12, 2010. Today I am grateful for an ethical son, who knows how to do the right thing, no matter what. Not only that, he does it, no matter what. Sometimes there is a high price to pay for personal integrity.

Here’s a tribute to my ethical son, and others like him the world over. It’s the 45 life lessons Regina Brett wrote.

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Regina Brett; image from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Reginabrett.jpg

This was written by Regina Brett, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Some unknown person on the internet circuit took the liberty of aging Regina to 90 years old, presumably in a misguided attempt to enhance the credibility of her “life lessons.” Regina is actually age 54 (in 2010). In my opinion, she has the wisdom of a person much older.

I think the core of this wisdom came out of her terrible bout with cancer at age 41:

“To celebrate growing older, the day before I turned 45, I wrote the 45 lessons life had taught me to that point.
It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 54 in 2010, 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.”

Thank you, Regina Brett!

Doc Meek, Friday, November 12, 2010, at Bistro 112, Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

J. Collins Meek, Ph.D. (Doc Meek)
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