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Subject: I HAVE LEARNED...
I'VE LEARNED that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do
is be someone who can be loved....The rest is up to them.
I'VE LEARNED that no matter how much I care, some people just don't care back.
I'VE LEARNED 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
I'VE LEARNED that just because someone doesn't love you the way you
want to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
I'VE LEARNED that there are people who love you dearly, but just
don't know how to show it.
I'VE LEARNED that true friendship continues to grow, even over the
longest distance. Same goes for true love.
I'VE LEARNED 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.
I'VE LEARNED that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.
I'VE LEARNED that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world
doesn't stop for your grief.
I'VE LEARNED that sometimes you have to put the individual ahead of
I'VE LEARNED that we don't have to change friends if we understand
that friends change.
I'VE LEARNED that two people can look at the exact same thing and see
something totally different.
I'VE LEARNED that no matter the consequences, those who are honest
with themselves get farther in life.
I'VE LEARNED that no matter how many friends you have, if you are
their pillar you will feel lonely and lost at the times you
sometimes need them most.
I'VE LEARNED 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.
I'VE LEARNED that credentials on the wall DO NOT make you a decent
I'VE LEARNED that it's hard to determine where to draw the line
between being nice and not hurting people's feelings and standing
up for what you believe.
I'VE LEARNED that money is a lousy way of keeping score.
I'VE LEARNED that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing
and have the best time.
I'VE LEARNED that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
I'VE LEARNED that it's not what you have in your life but who you have
in your life that counts.
I'VE LEARNED that you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes.
After that, you had better know something.
I'VE LEARNED that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
I'VE LEARNED that you can keep going long after you think you can't.
A little Phrase on Acceptance. (Poem)
My Only Guarantee
Accept me as I am-I have no guarantee. A claim to
perfection I have not. Perfect I cannot be. I, like you.....am
human. Prone to make mistakes. Failure is not a character
flaw, Just a part of the human makeup. I live, I laugh and I
also learn. My knowledge is incomplete. I am searching all
the time, in waking hours as well as sleep. I have a long road
to travel, as well as you do. We learn our lessons on the way.
Wisdom we shall acrue. Accept me as I am Because I am
....me. And You are you. No one like me in the world. That is
my only guarantee.
There is an Indian belief, that everyone is a house of four
A physical A mental An emotional, and a A spiritual room.
Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time. But
unless we go into every room, everyday, even if only to keep
it aired, we are not complete!
THE NEW SECRETARY
"Mr. Smith got himself a new secretary. She was young, sweet and very polite.
One day while taking dictation, she noticed his fly was open. When leaving the room,
she said, "Mr. Smith, your barracks door is open."
He did not understand her remark, but later on he happened to look down
and saw that his zipper was open.
He decided to have some fun with his secretary.
Calling her in, he asked, "By the way Miss Jones, when you saw my barracks door open
this morning, did you also notice a soldier standing at attention?"
The secretary, who was quite witty, replied,
"why no sir, all I saw was a little disabled veteran sitting on two duffel bags."
"The Man In The Mirror"
"When you get what you want in your struggle for self
and the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that man has to say
For it isn't your father or mother or wife
whose judgement upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
is the one staring back from the glass
Some people may think your a straight shootin' chum
and call you a wonderful guy
But the man in the glass says you are only a bum
if you can't look him straight in the eye
You can fool the whole world down the pathways of life
and get pats on your back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
if you have cheated the man in the glass
He's the fellow to please, never mind the rest
for he's with you clear to the end
And you have passed your most dangerous, difficult test
if the man in the glass is your friend"
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