I learned that our dog doesn't want to eat my broccoli either.
I learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.
I learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again.
I learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.
I learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict with me.
I learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice.
I learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's great pleasures.
I learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there.
I learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.
I learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it.
I learned that you can make some one's day by simply sending them a little note.
I learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others.
I learned that children and grandparents are natural allies.
I learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can lift my spirits for hours.
I learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone.
I 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 tree lights.
I learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills.
I learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die.
I learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.
I learned that if you want to do something positive for your children, work to improve your marriage.
I learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I 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 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 learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.
I learned that everyone can use a prayer.
I learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I 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.
I learned that I still have a lot to learn.
I learned that you might want to pass this on to someone you care about. Sometimes they just need a little something to make them smile.
I feel so blessed to have the friendships I have both off and on line. People who know me and love me in spite of all my blunders are a bottomless resource for such positive things. To really touch and be touched soul deep is a privilege that I never get tired of exercising. Resting in a heart felt embrace does not require a friends presence in the same place to be experienced. It travels through phone lines, cable lines, words on paper, or screen: love knows no boundaries.
It recognizes no limits of distance or time spent apart. Faces that have never faced each other can wear matching smiles if souls touch in friendship. Voices never heard can speak as loudly as ones nearby if love directs your hearing. Comfort and concern has an energy and power that transcends time and space when it is real.
Some sweet day I may meet some of the people I have met online, ones I love unconditionally and who love me back in the same way. I will not love them any more than I do now if we meet face to smiling face. If I love you it is with all my heart or nothing. And I do not give it lightly or take it back easily. Each friend is loved in a different, unique way, suited to their needs as well as my own. Some are like sisters, or brothers, or children, or parents, but they all inhabit a special family section of my heart. I have gathered them like a bouquet of wildflowers along the road as I traveled, and their vibrancy and fragrance fill my senses with wonder.
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