本文作者Regina Brett, 是美國俄亥俄州克里夫蘭報紙 THE PLAIN DEALER 的專欄作家。 她說:“為了慶祝自己漸漸老去, 我曾寫了“人生给我上的45節课”。這是我平生最受歡迎的一篇專欄。這個星期我的里程表將翻轉至50 ,故在此更新 ” 。
She said, “ 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 rolls over to 50 this week, so here's an update” 。

01。人生不是公平的,但還算是好的。  - Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

02。 如果所懷疑,你只管邁出了一小步。 - When in doubt, just take the next small step.

03。人生苦短, 短到來不及浪費時間去恨任何人。  - Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

04。你没必要每次吵架都要贏 。不妨同意你們之間存有不同的意見 。  - You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

05。 和你的過去和解,它就不會搗亂你的現在了。
 - Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

06。不要拿自己的人生和別人比較。你根本不知道別人的生活是怎樣過 。
 - Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

07。 一眨眼的功夫什麼都會變化,不過別擔心,上帝從來不眨眼。
 - Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

08。深吸一口氣 ,會平靜你的心。  
- Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

09。 把無用的、醜陋的、 令人不高興的東西通通扔掉 。  
- Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

10。凡殺不了你的肯定會使你變得更堅強 。 
- Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

11。 再次得到童年的快樂永遠不嫌晚,但是第二次得到只能靠自己,不能靠別人。
 - It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

12。 點上蠟燭,用最好的被單,穿上最好的睡衣,不要等到特殊的場合才用。今天就是好日子。
 - Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

13。 做好充分的准備,然後就順其自然 。  
- Overprepare, then go with the flow.

14。 現在就擺脫傳统 , 不要等到老了才穿紫色的衣服。
 - Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

15。 遇到倒霉的事可以問自己這樣一句話:五年以後 , 這還重要嗎?”
Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

16。 原諒每一個人每一件事。  
- Forgive everyone everything.

17。 別人怎麼想, 與你無關。
 - What other people think of you is none of your business.

18。 時間能癒合幾乎任何傷口,但要給時間以時間。
  - Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

19。 相信奇跡會出現。  
- Believe in miracles

20。 上帝愛你因為他是上帝,不是因為你做了什麼,或者沒做什麼。
 - God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

21。 不要總是回顧人生。現在就去表現,並盡量發揮。
- Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

22。 老朽不堪總比英年早逝好。
- Growing old beats the alternative - dying young. 

23。 每一天都出門,奇跡在四處等著呢 。
 - Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

24。 如果我們把問題都堆在一起,看完了別人的,我們必會把自己的撿回來。  
- If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

25。 忌妒是浪費時間。你已經擁有你所需要的一 切 。
  - Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

26。 最好的尚在後頭。 
- The best is yet to come.

27。不管你感覺如何,起床、盛裝、好好表現 。
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

28。 學會讓步 。
- Yield.

29。閱讀詩篇。它涵蓋了每種情感。 - Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.

30。人生苦短,又何必長期悲憫。要不過着充實的生活,要不奄奄一息。   - Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.

31。當涉及到追求你所熱愛的人生,不要接受否定的答覆 
- When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

32。如果你不要求, 你就得不着。
- If you don't ask, you don't get.

33。 人生並沒有被繫上蝴蝶結,但它仍然是一份禮物。
 - Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

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