I came upon this pretty piece of literature titled, “I’ve Learned,” by writer, Omer B. Washington. I love it because it somewhat resembles my, “Today I Believe,” -s. And though this isn’t the whole list, I did pick and choose some of my favorites. To read the entire list, click here lovely people 🙂 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 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 you should never ruin an apology with an excuse. *That you can get by on charm for about fifteen minutes. After that, you’d better know something. *That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life. *That it’s taking me a long time to become the person I want to be, but I’m learning to be okay with that. All in God’s time. *That you can keep going long after you think that you can’t. I’ve Learned: *That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel. *That either you control your attitude or it controls you. *That regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, sometimes the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place. *That money is a lousy way of keeping score. *That sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you get back up. *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. *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. *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. *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 you and teach you to trust people again. Families aren’t always made with the intent to be strictly biological. *That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn’t stop for your grief. *That just because two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love 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 that friends change. I’ve Learned: *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. *That while it may seem hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting people’s feelings, but never when it comes to standing up for what you believe.