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What People have learned about life
I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing
I've learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either.
I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop
what they are doing and wave back.
I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom
makes me clean it up again.
I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try
cheering someone else up.
I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad
my parents are strict with me.
I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of
I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great
I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have
followed me there.
I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must
live so that no one will believe it.
I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just
don't know how to show it.
I've learned that you can make some one's day by simply sending them a little note.
I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater
his or her need to cast blame on others.
I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that singing Amazing Grace can lift my spirits for hours.
I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from
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 treelights.
I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine
cabinet full of pills.
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you miss them terribly after they die.
I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a
I've learned that if you want to do something positive for your
children, work to improve your marriage.
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
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.
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.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I
usually make the right decision.
I've learned that everyone can use a prayer.
I've learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell you
the truth, I've seen several.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
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
friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
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.
Whisper or Brick?
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar.
He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down, when he thought he saw something.
As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door!
He slammed on the brakes and spun the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.
He jumped out of the car, grabbed the kid who was standing there and pushed him against a parked car shouting, what do you think you are doing, boy?.
Building up a head of steam he went on, that's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money.
Why did you do it?.
Please sir, please, I'm sorry, I didn't know what else to do, pleaded the youngster.
I threw the brick because no one else would stop...tears were dripping down the boy's chin as he pointed around the parked car.
It's my brother, sir, he said, he rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up.
Sobbing, the boy asked the executive, would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair, sir?
He's hurt and he's too heavy for me.
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat.
He lifted the young man back into the wheelchair and took out his handkerchief and wiped the scrapes and cuts, checking to see that everything was going to be okay.
Thank you and may God bless you, sir, the grateful child said to him.
The man then watched the little boy push his brother toward their home.
It was a long walk back to his Jaguar...a long slow walk. He never did repair the side door.
He kept the dent to remind him not to go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention.
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