“What I’ve Learned”


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I’ve learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing “Silent Night.” Age 5
I’ve learned that our dog doesn’t want to eat my broccoli either. Age 7
I’ve learned that when I wave to people out in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back. Age 9
I’ve learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up again. Age 12
I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24
I’ve learned that brushing my child’s hair is one of life’s great pleasures. Age 26
I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29
I’ve learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Age 30
I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it. Age 42
I’ve learned that you can make someone’s day by simply sending them a little note. Age 44
I’ve learned that the greater a person’s sense of guilt, the greater his or her need to cast blame on others. Age 46
I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 47
I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow. Age 48
I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirits for hours. Age 49
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 51
I’ve learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. Age 52
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53
I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58
I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back. Age 64
I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. Age 65
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 66
I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72
I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. Age 74
I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch – holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  Age 76
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 78
[forwarded by Jerry Lambert]
Patience is not the ability to wait but how you act while you’re waiting.
Source: www.mikeysFunnies.com
What I’ve learned: People all over the world enthusiastically help those with kind and gracious hearts, and often even those without such attributes.
With love,

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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11 Responses to “What I’ve Learned”

  1. utesmile says:

    That is brilliant list and pretty accurate for the ages….I keep learning constantly. Thank you Russ ♥

    • russtowne says:

      Thank you, Ute. I’m amazed how often I have to re-learn something I thought I already knew. The reminders are humbling and helpful at the same time.

  2. ksbeth says:

    you are so right, russ –

  3. Mrs. P says:

    What a great post. This is something I’d like to do for myself, something to share with future generations of my family…so much can be learned about a person’s character by what he has learned.

  4. JanBeek says:

    I shared this with a few friends. It’s so poignant. I love the progression of learning and the life-long infusion of such wisdom. Thanks, Russ. I’ve learned that no matter our age, we always appreciate it when someone acknowledges our efforts. I appreciate your posts – always. Speaking of “always,” have you read Bob Goff’s latest book, “Everybody Always” ? I highly recommend it.

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