Friday, May 4, 2012

Life lessons that speak to the heart

My Paper, Friday, May 04, 2012, Page A21, Viewpoints
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Source Website: http://news.asiaone.com/News/Mailbox/Story/A1Story20120504-343804.html
By Geoff Tan, my paper, Friday, May 04, 2012



PHOTO: Regina Brett published her column titled 50 Life Lessons, in The Plain Dealer - a Cleveland, Ohio newspaper - in 2006.
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PHOTO: Geoff Tan
The writer is a senior vice-president of Singapore Press Holdings’ marketing division.
My Paper, Friday, May 04, 2012, Page A21, Viewpoints


America award-winning author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Regina Brett has taught me a lot about life through her column titled 50 Life Lessons, which was published in The Plain Dealer - a Cleveland, Ohio newspaper - in 2006.

Her article is so popular that bloggers the world over have re-posted her sayings.

I'd like to share with you the ones that struck a chord with me. Take this: "Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch." This is a timely reminder to us all not to focus on work at the expense of our health.



PHOTO: Thankful for my best friend…
"It’s difficult to find those friends that “understand you” and well, when you find someone who ‘gets you’, hold on to them! I have a once in lifetime friendship that I wouldn’t trade for anything!"
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And this: "Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone." I have experienced much-needed release on the occasions when I confided in a good friend who journeyed with me through some of my life's most difficult moments.

"Don't compare your life with others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about." This reminds me of the story of a man who complained he had no shoes, until he ran into someone who had no legs.

"Time heals almost everything. Give time time."

In this world of instant gratification, patience does not feature strongly as a virtue. We seem to want everything immediately.



PHOTO: 45 Life Lessons from a 90 year old
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. ........

Posted on Saturday, October 30, 2010
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However, when we are dealing with pain, there is no quick fix (fast but temporary solution) - searching for one may lead us onto the path of alcohol and drugs.

Brett wrote: "Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need." Coveting what others have places undue stress on us. Isn't it better to live within our means?

"If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back." Let's all learn to be more appreciative of what we have been blessed with.



Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save them for a special occasion. Today is special.
PHOTO: Using the Power of your imagination and positive visualization to create an amazing year.
Posted on December 20, 2010 by Zen Your Den
"Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save them for a special occasion. Today is special."
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My favourites are the ones that are written tongue-in-cheek (ironic, slyly humorous). Take this: "Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save them for a special occasion. Today is special."

And this: "Be eccentric (unusual or odd behavior) now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple." And I can certainly relate to it when she wrote: "Growing old beats the alternative - dying young."

There are so many gems in her column that it's worth taking the time to ponder each of them.



Work with the positive energy to build wealth, good health, and well-being! There are so many gems in her column that it's worth taking the time to ponder each of them.
PHOTO: Work with the positive energy to build wealth, good health, and well-being! There are so many gems in her column that it's worth taking the time to ponder each of them.
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My parting words are from her list, too: "No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up." Have a great day!

By Geoff Tan, my paper, Friday, May 04, 2012
The writer is a senior vice-president of Singapore Press Holdings’ marketing division.



PHOTO: From A Story Without Words
Posted by Hello World, 13th March 2011
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May you be safe.
May you be healthy and strong.
May you be happy.
May you be peaceful and at ease.
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A Metta ~ Lovingkindness Blessing ~ for You



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我的字典: Wǒ de zì diǎn


Timely reminder: 及时的提醒 - jí shí de tí xǐng
Quick fix (fast but temporary solution): 权宜之计 - quán yí zhī jì
Tongue-in-cheek (ironic, slyly humorous): 幽默的 - yōu mò de
Eccentric (unusual or odd behavior): 古怪 - gǔ guài



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