Thursday, December 1, 2011


New York Times columnist David Brooks asked readers 70 and over to share the lessons they've learned from life. Here are four SZSEZ favorites (for more, see The Link Tank):

-- Many people lament the fact that they had to make the most important decisions in their 20s, at the age when they were least qualified to make them.

-- Many of the most impressive people . . . were strategic self-deceivers. When something bad was done to them, they forgot it, forgave it or were grateful for it. When it comes to self-narratives, honesty may not be the best policy.

-- It’s trite, but apparently true. Many more seniors regret the risks they didn’t take than regret the ones they did.

-- Many writers mentioned that given their own flaws, they are astounded that their kids turned out so well.
--David Brooks in The New York Times, Nov. 29, 2011