As a published journalist and author, Regina Brett's 50 lessons are based on her column printed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. It's about pieces of wisdom that life taught her. "She reflect(s) on all she had learned through becoming a single parent, looking for love in all the wrong places, working on her relationship with God, battling cancer, and making peace with a difficult childhood."
The lessons range from the obvious - "pay off your credit cards every month", to, well the obvious like, "no one else is in charge of your happiness. You are the CEO of your life". The first lesson that is read is headed "life isn't fair, but its still good", which if the reader just thinks about that simple sentence without reading the story behind the lesson is brilliant. We all go through varying stages of feeling alone, left out, happy, content yet we all become fixated with what's wrong, or feeling abandoned by God.
This is a compelling and very easy to read book. I was concerned that it may be a little preachy about living life to the full etc., but it was written with honesty, humor and a whole load of realism thrown in. Although a lot of the experiences given are based on Brett's experiences, she also tells of her friends and others experiences and their wisdom's that when combined create this book that is almost a pocket guide to living life to its fullest.
It's certainly a book that everyone should read at least once. And even though Brett is a spiritual person and relates to the reader her religious experiences, it's a book that someone of any faith, agnostic or atheist would find some sort of solace or guidance from.
A highly recommended read!