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Faith Ride: The Saga Continues…Taking Notes: Life 101

By: Patti Foster

April, 1999           Megaplex Heritage News


You’ve heard the expression, “Life is short.”  Well, here’s a new one.

Life is long.  Long and tiring at times.  It is hard to remember where we began, where we’re going.  Purpose is lost as we struggle just to get through the day, and sometimes it takes years to realize what we should’ve done.

I recently received this anonymous poem through email.  The author certainly felt the struggle.  Heed these words.  Press on toward the goal.  May these life lessons inspire you to be your best TODAY.

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.

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

-that you can get by on charm for about fifteen seconds.  After that you better know something.

-that you can do something in an instant that will give you a heartache for life.

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

-that you can keep going long after you can’t.

-that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

-that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

-that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

-that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

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

-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.


Life 101 continues…

-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.

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

-that your family won’t always be there for you.  It may seem funny, but people you aren’t related to can take care of you and love and teach you to trust people again.  Families aren’t biological.

-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.

-that it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others.  Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

-that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

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

-that just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean that don’t leave each other.  And just because they don’t argue, it doesn’t mean they do.

-that we don’t have to change friends if we understand friends change.

-that two people can look at exactly the same thing and see something totally different.

-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.

-that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being

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

~ Author Unknown