Are there any essential and universal lessons we must all learn to make life meaningful? It’s possible – and they may not be quite what you’d expect!
A few days ago, my mother forwarded me one of those chain emails that have been going around a lot lately. This one included a collection of life lessons for every day, which was said to be written by Andy Rooney. You may remember him as the lovable, curmudgeonly commentator who for many years closed the CBS show “60 Minutes”.
The idea of the email was that you read and enjoy it, and then pass it along to your friends (including resending it to the person who sent it to you) in honor of National Friendship Week. These chains were common a few years ago, and they seem to be making a resurgence recently.
Who Wrote These Wise Words?
As it turns out, this essay was NOT written by Mr. Rooney, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 92. Rather, it was a collection of statements from many different people, compiled and published in the book Live and Learn and Pass It On, Volume II in 1995.
Even if Andy Rooney did not write them, these are all wonderful lessons to learn and share, and certainly worth a bit of reflection.
I didn’t pass on the email (I don’t do chain emails of any sort) but I’ve chosen to share the wisdom within the compilation with you for today’s Friday Favorites.
I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have.
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Life Lessons for Everyday: Things I’ve Learned…
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 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 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 Dad that I love him one more time before he 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 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….That it is 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.
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I hope you’ve found some wisdom in this collection…I know I have.
And while I didn’t love debunking the common belief that Andy Rooney was the author of these lines, I do recognize that wisdom can come from anyone, credited or not. I think this collection proves that.
Still, I can’t decide which of these “things I’ve learned” that is strongest for me – there is so much profound wisdom in this collection. I know I’ll be referring back to this list often.
What among these words has spoken to you? What have you learned today?