What People Have Learned:

Zooligischer Garten 1912 by August Macke

Rejecting things because they are old-fashioned would
rule out the sun and the moon -- and a mother's love.

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 worlds 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 someone's day
by simply sending 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 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 electrical cords.
Age 52

I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is
worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.
Age 53

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with
your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.
Age 55

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 mits on both hands.
You need to be able to throw something back.
Age 64

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude 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

Please pass this on to someone you care about.
Sometimes they need a little something
to make them smile...

Yesterday is the past,
Tomorrow is the future.
Today is a gift;
That is why it's called
"The Present."

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