Friday, June 19, 2009

I've learned...

I don't know who wrote these, but they were forwarded in email a few years ago and fit me to a Tee. Until I read it, I hadn't realized just how much I have learned!

I don't remember why I wrote them down. Maybe my inkjet printer was out of ink. Maybe I wrote them down so I wouldn't forget them as easily. I'm not sure. I do know this was something I wanted to keep and read again in the future.

Even if you've already read them before, maybe you'll agree that they are worth reading again. I shouldn't be so presumptuous, maybe you'll think it's the corniest thing you ever read. And if you have never read them, I hope something here will be meaningful to you.

By the way, I was inspired to post this after reading "What I Learned in School Today" at A Majority of Two (one of my favorite blogs). Thanks, Jo!

And what a coincidence that another one of my favorite bloggers, Monkey Muck used the theme "Things I Learned..." in his recent post! Be sure and check out these other bloggers and their writings.

I've learned
that you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.

I've learned
that it's taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be.

I've learned
that it's a lot easier
to react than to think.

I've learned
that you should always leave
loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned
that you can keep going
long after you think you can't.

I've learned
that we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

I've learned
that either you control your attitude
or it controls you.

I've learned
that regardless of how hot and steamy
a relationship is at first,
the passion fades and there had better be
something else to takes its place.

I've learned
that you cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is
be someone who can be loved.
The rest is up to them.

I've learned
that no matter how much I care,
some people just don't care back.

I've learned
that it takes years to build up trust
and only seconds to destroy it.

I've learned
that it's not what you have in your life,
but who you have in your life that counts.

I've learned
that you can get by on charm
for about fifteen minutes.
After that, you better know something.

I've learned
that you shouldn't compare
yourself to the best others can do,
but to the best you can do.

I've learned
that it's not what happens to people
that's important.
It's what they do about it.

I've learned
that no matter how thin you slice it,
there are always two sides.

I've learned
that heroes are the people,
who do what has to be done
regardless of the consequences.

I've learned
that learning to forgive takes practice.

I've learned
that there are people who love you dearly,
but just don't know how to show it.

I've learned
that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned
that my best friend and I can do anything
or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned
that sometimes the people you expect
to kick you when you're down
will be the ones to help you get back up.

I've learned
that sometimes, when I'm angry
I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I've learned
that true friendship continues to grow
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I've learned
that just because someone
doesn't love you the way you want
them to doesn't mean they don't love you
with all they have.

I've learned that maturity has more to do with
what types of experiences you've had
and what you've learned from them,
and less to do with how many
birthdays you've celebrated.

What would you add to this list of things learned?

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Rae said...

I've learned -
that we've all had life trauma, it's being able to share it with someone that makes us feel better.

I've learned -
that friendships can develop long distance and those may be the best friendships of all.

John said...

@Rae, thanks for sharing that! I am going to add those to my handwritten list! TI've learned that too. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I've learned that we should show our love to our family and friends while there is still time.. Many people realize the value of someone when he's already gone.

John said...

@Sashindoubutsu, thanks for the comment! That is so very true. I shall add that one to my handwritten list as well.

kenju said...

I've learned all of those (the hard way) and I would add that I've learned it doesn't really matter what other people think of you, so quit worrying about it or trying to impress.

John said...

@kenju, I learned those the hard way too!

I love your additional "I've learned...comment, even though it is easier said than done--but it is true!

Thanks! Another new addition for my list! I will update it, and refer to it often.

Jo said...

Omigosh, what a fabulous list.

"I've learned
that it takes years to build up trust
and only seconds to destroy it."

Unfortunately I learned this lesson very recently with a good friend who betrayed me.

I have also learned that gossip is another form of bearing false witness, and people should be sure their facts are straight before they pass on incorrect information. I had a "friend" who did this to me this week, sadly. Now she regrets it, but it's too late...

I guess I will work on the forgiveness thing. :-)

I have also learned that laughter is the best medicine, and we should do it often. A good belly laugh is the cure for everything.

John said...

@Jo, I like what you added! Very sorry to hear you had your trust betrayed.

Amen on the is so common in the workplace especially.

You're right about the laughter. I laugh more and more and now cockatoo mocks me laughing!

Thanks so much for the comment ...definetely more additions to my list.

Lille Diane said...

Hello John....

I found you through Rae. Very nice blog and this post is excellent!!!

I've learned taking the wrong turn may be the best thing that ever happened to you and nothing to do with making you "late" to wherever you were going.

I've learned blogging has opened my eyes, heart and mind to people, places and things I would have never seen on TV. (far better than TV!!!)

Thank you for such a refreshing take on life.

PS I had a cockatiel & he laughed just like me. It was so cool.

John said...

@Lille Diane, Welcome and thank you for the nice comments and for becoming a follower! I will follow your blog too.

I've taken a few wrong turns in life and plus been late a few times. And so what! It's like starting over--nothing wrong with that! Very good learning lesson there. And another addition to my list, so thanks!

I learned the same thing from blogging and I am so happy that I dived in to it. I tell people it's my online magazine, because I'm not really a writer! I think I am improving though! I still like my blog though and love to point out things that I think others might find interesting or funny.

Before the cockatoo, I had a cockatiel too, named Spike. My sister-in-law gave it to me, when she had her twins. I had it near a plant light and low and behold Spike wasn't a he as I was told. SHE had laid an egg! She just whistled, couldn't really talk.

*Rae, you sweetheart, thank you for referring Lille Diane!*

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