Wednesday, June 14, 2006

I've Learned...

While doing some organizing, I came across this piece that I've had for years. I did not write the following and I don't know who did, but I found it just as touching now as the first time I read it. (photo thanks to Ekin in Finland's flickr)

I've learned...

...that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

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

...that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

...that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

...that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

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

...that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

...that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

...that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

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

...that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will 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 true friendship never fades, even over the longest distance.

...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 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 no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

...that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

...that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief.

...that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

...that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

...that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

...that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

...that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

...that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

...that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

...that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.


At 9:00 PM, Blogger Miamista said...

You know I had a list of things that I carried in a handsome alligator billfold that my father gave me prior to his passing. My house burned to the ground and nothing was left including the billfold. In a $400,000 house the only thing I missed was some pictures and the list. It was a bit more brief than the one you put up but it is a simialar/familiar. I've long wanted to reconstitute it but it is painful to think of so... Thank you so much fo giving me a start. I'll be a better man when I don't need to refer to such a list again though.

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Sleepless said...

Miamista: sorry to hear about the loss of your father, your house and irreplaceable items. I'm glad this list is useful to you in some way. I think that whether they realize it or not, everyone is "under construction" all the time in varying degrees. Whenever I hear the comment "two things are guaranteed in life: death and taxes" I always add "change" to that list because change of all sorts are guaranteed throughout our lives. The key is to always strive to be the best you can under any circumstance. That's all anyone can ask and as long as you're doing that, you're always becoming a better man.


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