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09/03/98

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 it takes years to build up trust, 
and only seconds to destroy it. 

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'd better know something. 

I've learned - 
that you can do something in an instant that will give you 
heartache for a lifetime. 

I've learned - 
that no matter how thin you slice it, 
there are always two sides. 

I've learned - 
that it's a lot easier 
to react than it is to think. 

I've learned - 
that you should always leave 
loved ones with loving words. 
It may be the last time you see them. 

I've learned - 
that you can keep going 
long after you think you can't. 

I've learned - 
that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. 

I've learned - 
that either you control your attitude 
or it controls you. 

I've learned - 
that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, 
the passion fades and there had better be something else to take 
its place. 

I've learned - 
that learning to forgive takes practice. 

I've learned - 
that there are people who love you dearly, but just don't know how 
to show it. 

I've learned - 
that money is a lousy way of keeping score. 

I've learned - 
that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down 
will be the ones to help you get back up. 

I've learned - 
that sometimes when I'm angry 
I have the right to be angry, 
but that doesn't give me 
the right to be cruel. 

I've learned - 
that true friendship continues to grow, 
even over the longest distance. 
Same goes for true love. 

I've learned - 
that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them 
to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have. 

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 you should never tell a child their dreams are unlikely or 
outlandish. 
Few things are more humiliating, 
and what a tragedy it would be 
if they believed it. 

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 that. 

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 our background and circumstances may have influenced who we 
are, but we are responsible for who we become. 

I've learned - 
that sometimes you have to put 
the individual ahead of their actions. 

I've learned - 
that we don't have to change friends if we understand that 
friends change. 

I've learned - 
that you shouldn't be so 
eager to find out a secret. 
It could change your life forever. 

I've learned - 
that two people can look 
at the exact same thing 
and see something totally different. 

I've learned - 
that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will 
eventually get hurt and you will hurt in the process. 

I've learned - 
that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with 
themselves get farther in life. 

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 its not the credentials on the wall 
that make you a decent human being. 

I've learned - 
that the people you care most about in life are taken from you too 
soon. 

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. 

Author: UNKNOWN 

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