Monday, April 28, 2014

Hey grads

Someday's I not only get up on the wrong side of the bed BUT, I feel as I never made it there in the first place! Weather, I believe, has something to do with it. If it is cloudy, so am I. If the sun is shining, sometime I am also. Humidity in the air kicks up Mr. Rheumatism and Arthritis and then I go into the bathroom and look in the mirror, hoping beyond hope that that old man looking back at me is my dad, grandpa or uncle. But alas, it is the same old goat that was in here last night.  I worry too much, I worry about family, neighbors, kids, the staff at the restaurant where I usually go for dinner, probably the most. They are young adults, most of them are graduating from high school this spring and they are, for the most part, optimistic, wide eyed, thinking about graduating, boyfriends, girlfriends and whatever else. Oh! heaven forbid a cell phone refusing to work anymore, or something happening to their cars. I love them all and I can't help but wonder what the future, nurses, social workers, teachers, NASA engineers, factory workers, mothers, housewife's, CEO's, veterinarians, mechanics,  holds for them. This man below through the years has taught me life. No he is not a relative he is a composite of all of the people that have influenced my life, good and bad. I hope all of you get a chance to listen to him. Remember: we are all composites of people we have met through life, make the best of it.

I hope you know this gentleman. I've learned a lot from him, maybe you can also!

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 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 being kind is more important than being right.
 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 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 I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about .
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.
 I've learned... That with Christ that He will give me what I need.

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