Wednesday, May 27, 2009


It's been a busy time -- I've had family to visit, we've moved house and I've been in bed for a few days with flu. There's lots of catching up to do on my blog and I will get to that, but in the meantime I wanted to share these words of wisdom that I received on email. Thanks, Lynda!

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. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
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 present.
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 kept under wraps, 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, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is 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.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
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 -- 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 grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Kevin Rudd and the Hair Dryer

The big story in the news today is whether or not Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd threw a "wobbly" over a hair dryer while visiting troops in Afghanistan.

The visit occurred just before Christmas last year!

Another member of parliament has claimed that the prime minister became agitated because a hair dryer couldn't be found for a photo opportunity.

Rudd claims the allegations are "laughable, ridiculous and untrue".

But some commentators have said that his denial is a little less believable after his office also denied a story about him reducing a flight attendant to tears during a flight in January.

Despite the initial denials, Rudd was subsequently forced to publicly apologise after his complaints about the food service on a VIP flight resulted in the tears.

I wondered if Rudd might have had something to say about this on Twitter. I'm still a very quiet observer on Twitter having being cajoled to join up by the Sabona team. However, I was fascinated to find Sabona being followed and following by the PM Kevin Rudd himself (or the member of his entourage who does the tweeting).

For those of you not into Twitter basically you can post a short blurb (known as a tweet) which will be read by your followers -- there is no space for more than a few words, although you can put links to websites.

Well, as yet Rudd's had nothing to say about their hair dryer incident, but here are some of his recent tweets:

Still smarting over Herald Sun’s comments on my tweets...

Great being back home in Brisbane this morning, weather is perfect!

Working hard in sunny Canberra today

About to meet again with the NZ PM. Caught up for dinner last night, gave him an Australian cricket bat!

Incidentally, Rudd currently has some 40,000 people registered as followers of his tweets.

Amazing to see use of technology in this way!