Just received the following from a friend and thought it worth passing on.
WHAT I'VE LEARNED...
- that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
- that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
- that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
- that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think.
- that it's not what happens to people that's important. It's what they do about it.
- that it's not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.
- that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
- 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.
- that learning to forgive takes practice.
- 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.
- that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
- that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.
- that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.
- that no matter how thin you slice it, there are always two sides.
- that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down may be the ones to help you get back up.
- that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
- that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how to show it.
- that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
- that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
- that you can keep going long after you think you can't.
- 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 you should never tell a child her dreams are unlikely or outlandish. Few things are more humiliating, and what a tragedy it would be if she believed it.
- that you can do something in an instant that will give you a heartache for life.
- that you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you'd better know something.
- that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
- that you shouldn't compare yourself to the best others can do, but to the best you can do.
- that your family won't always be there for you. It may seem funny, but people you aren't related to can take care of you too.
--from my wise Uncle Bill Morgan & Aunt Carroll, about to celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. (Susan Sauer)
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