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If you will take the time to read these, I promise you'll come away with an enlightened perspective. The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis! They're written by Andy Rooney a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy........ I've learned.... That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person. 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. I've learned.... That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. 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 adult. I've learned.... That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes. I've learned.... That we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we ask for. I've learned.... That money doesn't buy class. I've learned.... That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular. I've learned... That under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. I've learned... That the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me think I can? 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. I've learned.... That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am. I've learned.... That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile. I've learned.... That there's nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks. 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 learned.... That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them. I've learned.... That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. I've learned.... That I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it. I've learned.... That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life. 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 ... It's best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening situation. I've learned.... That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done. To all of you.... Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.

What is Love?

For all you people who say "I love you" when you have no clue what love is exactly!!! What is love? When we claim that it's love that we have for someone, are we correct? Something to ponder upon..... *Are your palms sweaty, is your heart racing and is your voice caught within your chest? It isn't love, it's like. *You can't keep your eyes or hands off of them, am I right? It isn't love, it's lust. *Are you proud, and eager to show them off? It isn't love, it's luck. *Do you want them because you know they're there? It isn't love, it's loneliness. *Are you there because it's what everyone wants? It isn't love, it's loyalty. *Are you there because they kissed you, or held your hand? It isn't love, it's low confidence. *Do you stay for their confessions of love, because you don't want to hurt them? It isn't love, it's pity. *Do you belong to them because their sight makes your heart skip a beat? it isn't love, it's infatuation. *Do you pardon their faults because you care about them? It isn't love, it's friendship. *Do you tell them every day they are the only one you think of? It isn't love, it's a lie. *Are you willing to give all of your favorite things for their sake? It isn't love, it's charity. *Does your heart ache and break when they're sad? Then it's love. *Do you cry for their pain, even when they're strong? Then it's love. *Do their eyes see your true heart, and touch your soul so deeply it hurts? Then it's love. *Do you stay because a blinding incomprehensible mix of pain and relation pulls you close and holds you there? Then it's love. *Do you accept their faults because they're a part of who they are? Then it's love. *Are you attracted to others, but stay with them faithfully without regret? Then it's love. *Would you give them your heart, your life, your death? Then it's love. **Now, if love is painful, and tortures us so, why do we love? Why is it all we search for in life? This pain, this agony? Why is it all we long for? This torture, this powerful death of self? Why? The answer is so simple cause it's...LOVE. It is such an addictive thing that even people who are not having it, wish to experience it and share it with others as well.


There is a little old lady, who, every morning steps onto her front porch, raises her arms to the sky and shouts, "PRAISE THE LORD!" One day an atheist moves into the house next door. He becomes irritated at the little old lady, so every morning, he steps onto his front porch after her and yells, "THERE'S NO LORD!" Time passes with the two of them carrying on this way every day. Then one morning, in the middle of winter, the little old lady steps onto her front porch and shouts, "PRAISE THE LORD! Please Lord, I have no food and I am starving, provide for me, oh Lord!" The next morning she steps onto her porch and there are two HUGE bags of groceries sitting there. "PRAISE THE LORD!" she cries out. "HE HAS PROVIDED GROCERIES FOR ME!" The atheist neighbor jumps out of the hedges and shouts, "THERE IS NO LORD. I BOUGHT THOSE GROCERIES!" The little old lady throws her arms into the air and shouts, "PRAISE THE LORD! HE HAS PROVIDED ME WITH GROCERIES AND MADE THE DEVIL PAY FOR THEM!"