Lessons of Life

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Lessons of Life

Postby gmattson » Thu Apr 01, 1999 7:24 pm

I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing "Silent Night". Age 6
I've learned that you can't hide a piece of
broccoli in a glass of milk. Age 7 I've learned that when I wave to people in the
country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9 I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up. Age 13 I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try
cheering someone else up. Age 14 I've learned that although it's hard to admit it,
I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me. Age 15 I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24 I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures. Age 26 I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29 I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Age 39 I've learned that there are people who love you
dearly but just don't know how to show it. Age 41 I've learned that you can make some one's day by simply sending them a little card. Age 44 I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his need to cast blame on others. Age 46 I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 47 I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. Age 48 I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours. Age 49
I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. Age 50 I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 51 I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. Age 52 I've learned that regardless of your relationship
with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53 I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58 I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, try to improve your marriage. Age 61 I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62 I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64 I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it willelude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. Age 65 I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66 I've learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72 I've learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I've seen several. Age 73 I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. Age 82 I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch - holding hands, a warm
hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Age 85 I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 92 I've learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.

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Postby Kevin Mackie » Thu Apr 01, 1999 9:04 pm

I once read somewhere that eveyone should take time every day for some simple reflection. I often don't make myself follow this important activity. Reading this post filled that part of my day; it made me think, smile, and pulled at my heart a bit.

Domo, George


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Postby Jackie Olsen » Mon Apr 05, 1999 5:14 am

Thank you, George,

For a wonderful reminder of the stages of life. In the words of a Greek philosopher

It is necessary to endure these things, in order that one may gain wisdom.

Don't remember if it was Seneca or Sophocles, but it has been a mantra most of my life. I just discovered the 53-year old wisdom this year ... how so very true.

Happy Eostre or Easter to all ... whatever your path may be. Let us alll celebrate the coming of Light and new growth.

In beauty,

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Postby JOHN THURSTON » Sun Apr 11, 1999 8:53 pm

GEM et al:

Sorry to reuse this little quote after having used it on another forum once already,
but since I have to deal with people who believe in the opposite, it sometimes helps me:

"He who has the ability to control others has power-
He who has the ability to control himself has strength" Tao Te Ching

There's a lot of different kinds of strength I guess.


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