Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Enlightened Perspective

NOT by Andy Rooney,
as I was told....Snopes says so--still good, however!

My comments, if any, will be in blue.

I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.
That's a nice thought....
I've learned.... That when you're in love, it shows.

I've learned.... That just one person saying to me, 'You've made my day!' makes my day.
There's nothing like an honest affirmation, is there?

I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.
Especially when he is your first grandchild and only twenty minutes old!
(I am sixty pounds lighter today!)

I've learned.... That being kind is more important than being right.

I've learned.... That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

I've learned.... That I can always pray for someone when I don't have the strength to help him in some other way.

I've learned.... That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I've learned.... That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

I've learned.... That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an well as the nightly baseball games in the summer with all of the other dads and kids.
Those were the days!!

I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. I'm learning that day by day!! One week melts into the next!!

I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for.
Amen to that! I know that from experience!

I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class.

I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.
That's so true! flowers bursting into bloom, a child running with arms up to be taken, a sudden shaft of sunlight breaking through the clouds, finding a little head on your shoulder for a cuddle when you are reading to him/her...and millions more

I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. Sometimes its sure hard to get by the shell....

I've learned.... That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I 've learned.... That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I've learned.... That love, not time, heals all wounds.
so true

I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. Well, I think most people around me are smarter than I am, so I must be growing!

I've learned.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
I've learned.... That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I've learned... That life is tough, but I'm tougher.

I've learned.... That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I've learned.... That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I've learned.... That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.
I've thought that thought over and over again in the last eight years......

I've learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them. I think this is one of life's hardest lessons to learn!

I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life
. Oh my, but this one is true. Just breathing the smell of that little head snuggled on your neck starts the addiction!! and you never get over it!

I've learned.... That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.

I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
I achieved so much more with my time when I worked full time and had a house full of kids to care for, than I have in the last eighteen years of retirement!

That's it for today, folks!! Have a good one.


Anonymous said...

You've got a book going here! Seriously....I think you could utilize the various pieces as chapters, along with the pictures, and that "Chicken Soup for the Soul" guy would have to take a back seat....It's inspirational....

I smiled thro' the Andy Rooney piece, enriched by your comments......such wisdom and simplicity....and then read thro' & scrolled down to the "Family Birthday"....and loved the pictures of the Spaghetti Factory, and the River (Wow!) as well as the comments by the guy enviously admiring your familial blessings...

Aren't we glad we've lived this long to really APPRECIATE the parents & sibs we were gifted with-- (oh I know you've heard me doing lotsa complaining about brothers in years past)....and the un-merited Bonus/Miracle of children and grand-children.

Keep reminding us of your/our blessings....please....


sister sheri said...

You've Made my Day!

Anonymous said...

This is so good and so true! Thanks for sharing! :)

Technonana said...

I absolutely love your story!!! You really should write a book!!!
I know that God has blessed you well!!!