Yesterday there was an email in my inbox from a name I didn’t recognize. Usually the spam folder snatches these types of messages, thankfully this one snuck through. The content of this not-a-spam email was a list of forty-five life lessons. The writer of the list is Regina Brett and she lives in Ohio. Her story is, The night before she turned forty-five years old she couldn’t sleep. She felt so grateful to get to turn 45. Three of her aunts died of breast cancer at the ages of 42, 44 and 56, so things didn’t look good. Regina got breast cancer at 41, so she felt lucky to get to grow old. She started thinking about all life had taught her on all the twists and turns and detours, then grabbed a journal and started catching the lessons as they poured out of her.
Each morning typically holds the same beginning for me. Today’s was different. This morning I felt a little blue, sad and depressed over some things that happened yesterday. As I lay in bed trying to decide whether to get up or to hide from the world, I remembered Regina’s list of life’s lessons. She started out with forty-five, the first one was and is, Life Isn’t Fair, But It’s Still Good. Five years later when she turned 50, Regina added five more to make a list of 50.
Blogging is something I have wanted to do on a more consistent basis, but just haven’t. Thanks to Regina Brett, consistency has found it’s way to me. I plan to share each of her life’s lessons, even the five to grow on. Even though these 50 lessons are Regina’s list, we can all learn from the short, powerful messages.
Lesson 1 - Life Isn’t Fair, But It’s Still Good
Regina has a store on Cafe Press. She sells merchandise based on Regina’s 50 Life Lessons. Each of the life’s lesson blogs will contain a link to her store on Cafe Press. I do not make money from her links, however occasionally I may have an Amazon link for which I will be paid a small commission should you order the item. Such as this Life Is Good® Ball cap.
The significance of the blue cap is from a story in Regina Brett’s book God Never Blinks. She opens the book with her story of when she underwent her first chemo treatment. She couldn’t imagine being bald and then she saw a man, (Frank) in the hospital wearing a blue cap, with an oval patch with white letters. The cap read, “Life Is Good.” Life didn’t feel good to Regina, and it was about to get worse. She asked the man where he got the hat. Two days later Frank showed up at Regina’s house with a blue, Life is Good cap. Regina wore the cap during that part of her life she went for chemo treatments. She passed the hat along to friends as each were diagnosed with cancer. As friends of Regina were diagnosed with cancer, each wanted to wear “The Chemo Cap”, and they all survived.
When big life events are brought into the forefront it sure makes my problems seem small. Which is why Lesson 1 resonated with me today. Life Isn’t Fair, But It’s Still Good