Life is a continuum of lessons . . .
which we can reject or ignore
and continue to live by our
inadequate or wrong assumptions
Or from which we choose to learn,
heal, grow and unfold who we really are.
The choice is ours.
For many people, there comes that ‘ah ha’ event
when in a moment of reflection
- in a pause from the daily clamour of life -
that with brilliant clarity
they discern what they’ve learned,
and allow themselves to relish
the immense importance of it all,
and embrace it with joy
for the next stage
of their journey.
I Have Learned
That the best classroom in the world
is at the feet of an elderly person.
I've learned that it isn't always enough
to be forgiven by others.
That seeking and obtaining forgiveness
is the easiest part . . .
Sometimes you have to learn
to forgive yourself.
Learning to live with yourself
after acknowledging the wrong
is the hardest part.
That in a loving person
the love shows through in everything they do.
That just one person saying to me,
"You've made my day!"
makes my day.
Saying “I’m sorry” only counts if it is
followed by not repeating
the offending deed.
That having a child fall asleep
in your arms
is one of the most peaceful feelings
in the world.
That being kind
is more important than being right.
That you should never say no
to a gift from a child.
That I can always pray for someone
when I don't have the strength to help
them in some other way.
That no matter how serious
your life requires you to be,
everyone needs a friend
to act goofy with.
That a good friend is often better than a therapist.
you have to put the individual ahead of their actions.
That it's hard to determine
where to draw the line between being
nice and not hurting people's feelings
and standing up for what you believe.
I've Also Learned . . .
That sometimes all a person needs
is a hand to hold
and a heart to understand.
That simple walks with my father/mother
around the block on summer nights
when I was a child,
did wonders for me as an adult.
That when people stop asking “how are you?”
it doesn’t always mean they’ve become self-centred;
it often means you no longer matter enough.
That life is like a roll of toilet paper.
The closer it gets to the end,
the faster it goes.
That we should be glad
God doesn't give us
everything we ask for.
That money doesn't buy class.
That it's those small daily happenings
that make life so spectacular.
That personal relationships
based only on looks and appearance
are shallow and temporary.
That under everyone's hard shell
who wants to be
That the size of someone’s wallet
is no reflection
of the size of their heart.
That God didn't do it all in one day.
What makes me think I can?
That to ignore the facts
does not change the facts.
That you cannot make someone love you.
All you can do is be someone who can be loved.
The rest is up to them.
That not all giving is altruistic,
and that a big wallet too often
buys ownership and control,
and “showered with gifts”
is how the hook is set.
That when you plan
to get even with someone,
you are only letting that person
continue to hurt you.
heals all wounds.
That the easiest way
for me to grow as a person
is to associate
with loving people.
That everyone you meet
deserves to be greeted with a smile.
And I Have Also Learned . . .
That there's nothing sweeter
than sleeping with your babies
and feeling their breath
on your cheeks.
That no one is perfect
until you fall in love with them.
That life is tough,
but I'm tougher.
That opportunities are never lost;
someone will take the ones you miss.
That when you harbour bitterness,
happiness will dock elsewhere.
That I wish I could have
told my Mom
that I love her
one more time before
she passed away.
That you should keep your words
both soft and tender,
because tomorrow you may have
to eat them.
That a smile is an inexpensive way
to improve your looks.
That I can't choose how I feel,
but I can choose what I do about it.
That when your newly born
grandchild holds your little finger
in his/her little fist,
that you're hooked for life.
That everyone wants to
live on top of the mountain,
but all the happiness and growth
occurs while you're climbing it.
That it is best to give advice
in only two circumstances;
when it is requested; and when it
is a life-threatening situation.
That the less time
I have to work with,
the more things I get done.
-I Have Learned ~adapted from Andy Rooney
. . . pass it on . . .
from Dawn Cove Abbey
Roadside Assistance For Your Journey Through Life
From the eBook: "One! The Journey hOMe", by Klaas Tuinman MA, © 2007-2017
I Have Learned