These are personal reflections on some things I have learned in life. Or perhaps It would be better to say things that I am learning…
Some are truths I have collected from others, some are personal thoughts I have had myself. Nonetheless, I print them here in the hopes they will also help you.
I’ve learned that it’s a lot easier to react than it is to think.
I’ve learned that I can do something in an instant that will give me a heartache for life.
I’ve learned that it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be. (I am trying to be the person my dog thinks I am!)
I’ve learned that I should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time I see them.
I’ve learned that I can keep going long after I think I can’t. (Like when my wife or baby is sick and I had “no more strength” but I did what was needed to save them anyway.)
I’ve learned that either I control my attitude or it controls me.
I’ve learned that in science, all codes are by intelligent design, and that the DNA I have is not “genetically flawed”, as some would say, I simply have not fully understood the designer and his principles.
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. (Better to start a relationship with commitment and TRUTH and let it build to hot and steamy over the long run.)
I’ve learned that I am responsible for what I do, no matter how I feel.
I’ve learned that learning to forgive takes practice. It is a skill and a discipline that I must develop and train myself to do.
I’ve learned that there are people who love me dearly, but just don’t know how to show it. (Even though love is not a feeling, it is an action or a verb.)
I’ve learned that the people I love (my spouse, my children, my best friend) and I can do anything, or nothing, and have the best time.
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 me the way I want them to, doesn’t mean they don’t love me with all they have.
I’ve learned that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back. (Most of my life I have felt alone and lonely without love.)
I’ve learned that one of the greatest patterns and examples of love I can find is my dog! She love me regardless.
I’ve learned that my family won’t always be there for me. It may seem funny, but people who aren’t related to me, can take care of me and love me and teach me to trust people again. Families aren’t biological. True families are the ones we commit to love, care for, or be with. After all, any person we marry starts out as a stranger to us, right?
I’ve learned that sometimes the most loving “son” or “brother” is one born of a different family.
I’ve learned that no matter how good a someone is, they’re going to hurt me every once in a while, and I must forgive them for that.
I’ve learned that no matter how bad my heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for my grief.
I’ve learned that just because people don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they love each other. And just because they argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other.
I’ve learned that my background and circumstances may have influenced who I am, but I am responsible for who I become.
I’ve learned that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences I’ve had, and what I’ve learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays I’ve celebrated.
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 I have in my life, but who I have in my life that counts.
I’ve learned that two people can look at the exact same thing, and see something totally different. Even four people can see four different things. When I love someone, I must try to see things their way.
I’ve learned that no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves, get farther in life.
I’ve learned there is a design for my life, and by accepting that design, my life gets better.
I’ve learned that no matter how many friends I have, if I am their pillar, I will feel lonely and lost at the times I need them most.
I’ve learned that writing, as well as talking, can ease emotional pains.
I’ve learned that there are many ways of falling and staying in love.
I’ve learned that I cannot make someone love me. All I can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.
I’ve learned that I shouldn’t be to eager to find out a secret. It could change my life forever. Yet, if I truly love someone, I will have no secrets with them!
I’ve learned that I don’t have to change friends, if I understand that friends change.
I’ve learned that even when I think I have no more to give, when a true friend cries out to me, I will find the strength or means to help them.
I’ve learned that the people I care most about in life, are taken from me too soon.
I’ve learned to appreciate good people like YOU!