After a long hot summer pause, during which I spent time with my dear friend Christina working on behalf of the Disabilities Community, I am back to my Blog writing and begin with a repeat of a blog I wrote several years ago which is worth repeating for the benefit of my new and regular blog readers. It is as applicable today as it was four years ago.
Very often my blog readers send me quotations, copies of articles, and funny stories which are so appropriate to the things I write about that, with their permission, I use them in place of my own thoughts.
My biggest contributor to this process is Joan Vieweger a principal of my favorite custom candy maker Choclatique. I know you will enjoy its message.
This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!
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, enjoy it.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
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 future.
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. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all 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.
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 of 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 gra b ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
If you haven’t gotten your copy of my best-selling book, How to Prepare for Old Age: Without taking the fun out of life, please get your copy at your favorite bookstore or online at B&N or Amazon – today!
Bernie Otis is a well-known writer, author, and speaker, as well as a highly respected food, beverage, laundry, and marketing/sales Consultant. During his lifetime he has been involved in the Design and supplying of All major Hotels in Las Vegas, Disneyland and major hotels, hospitals and universities nationally and restaurants (he has been involved in the Design of almost all restaurants in Southern California.
Bernie’s book, How to Prepare for Old Age—Without Taking the Fun out of Life” is an Amazon best-seller. Bernie also is an advisor to families needing information on SeniorLiving Facilities and other issues related to Aging.
Bernie can be reached at Seymour.Otis@gmail.com–818-519-8347