Life’s Little Detours 50 Lessons to FIND and HOLD onto HAPPINESS by Regina Brett

While Glenda was creating havoc allover Luzon, I know I had to keep myself distracted. The best way to get distracted is to read J

Im glad I chose to read this book by Regina Brett. For the past few days, I took my time reading it. I read it a few lessons a day, I read while on the train going to Makati while my seatmates were busy with their cellphones. I read it on my way to our house in Taguig while classes were suspended. While reading, there were moments that I would just stop and think about my life.

The author is an American journalist, a cancer survivor, a single mother for 18 years, graduated from college at the age of 30 and found love and got married at the age of 40. At 45, she started reflecting on the things life had taught her writing an essay for every lesson and turned it into a newspaper column. When she turned 50, she added 5 more lessons and had it published, saying, “These lessons are life’s gift to me, and mine to you.”

Out of the 50, I selected 24 that had made an impact in the way I think about myself and my life:

1.    Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2.    When in doubt, just take the next right step.
3.    Life is too short to waste time hating people.
4.    Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
5.    You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
6.    Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
7.    It’s okay to get angry with God. He can take it.
8.    The most important sex organ in the brain.
9.    God never gives us more than we were designed to carry.
10. Make peace with your past so it doesn’t screw up the present.
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 kept secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
13. Every thing can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
14. A writer is someone who writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
15. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
16. Forgive everyone everything.
17. What other people think of you is none of your business.
18. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?
19. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
20. Envy is a waste of time. You already have everything you truly need.
21. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up for life.
22. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
23. Believe in miracles.
24. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

Every now and then, I will go back to this list and hopefully, I can add more lessons to share with others. 

11 comments:

  1. salamat cher Kat sa pag-share! :) nakaka-good vibes :) ito ang isa sa mga nagpakalma ng araw ko hehe :)

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    1. My pleasure. I really wanted to share this alam kong maraming makaka-relate.. :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing. :) Siguro yung pinaka- ko eh yung 10,11,14 at 24.

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  3. My pleasure :) let these words serve as our mantra in difficult times in our lives :)

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  4. *hahaha* Na-imagine kitang nakatulala sa kawalan.

    Second half na ng 2014. Malapit ka na ba sa goal mo? ;)

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    1. Which one babysep? The project thingy? Eh diba nga ayoko na maging single mommy, so ang project ay delayed until the right one had found me. Hihihi. Oo, ako talaga ang hahanapin. :D

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    2. Malay mo, nasa barko lang pala si Mr. Right. *hihi*

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    3. Loooooooooool! Hahaha... Nirequest ko na si Tito na yan ang pasalubong sakin. Wala pang update :P andami kasing barko! Haha

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    4. Malay mo, blogger rin siya na nasa barko. *hahaha*

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  5. At ta-tango tango ako habang binabas ang list :) Relate much :)

    Inggit ako sayo Meow kaya mo magbasa sa byahe. Ako hiluhin e, baka masuka pa ako lol :)

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    1. Try mo mag-audiobook kung ganun :)

      Ang bongga ni Ms. Brett diba? Hihi

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