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I have a book on my desk written and compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr., entitled Live and Learn and Pass It On. The subtitle reads: “People ages 5 to 95 share what they’ve discovered about life, love, and other good stuff.” During the introduction, Brown discusses how on his fifty-first birthday he thought it would be interesting to jot down some of the things he had learned in a half a century of living. He wrote, “I’ve learned that…” twenty times on the left-hand side of a piece of paper. He then completed the twenty sentences. He enjoyed the activity enough to add it to his Sunday routine. One thing led to another, which led to a book filled with the wisdom of people just beginning to learn and those amazed to be still learning nearly one hundred years later.
- I’ve learned that Dorothy was right. There is, in fact, no place like home, but home is where you make it.
- I’ve learned that plans never really go as planned. Being willing to adapt without fuss is the key to a happy vacation.
- I’ve learned that I should be thankful that the promise of tomorrow was kept. Every morning I rise is a good morning.
- I’ve learned that anything to excess is too much.
- I’ve learned that how people feel about themselves is more important than what anyone else thinks.
- I’ve learned that it is possible to eat healthy food and like it.
- I’ve learned that my parents were much younger than I thought they were when I was growing up.
- I’ve learned that seventy-five percent of the stuff I worry about never happens. Worry is not a smart investment of time and energy.
- I’ve learned that friends and loved ones can be taken in a tragic instant. Never take them for granted.
- I’ve learned that love at first sight is a real physical phenomenon. Our bodies recognize the connection before our hearts do.
- I’ve learned that disciplining a cat only creates an enemy hell bent on terrorizing you.
- I’ve learned that knowing you are loved gives you wings.
- I’ve learned that finding a way to earn a living doing something you’re passionate about makes life so much more fun.
- I’ve learned that you’re never too old to pursue a dream.
- I’ve learned that I knew nothing about the proper glasses for consuming different kinds of wine, or that it even mattered. A Dixie cup was always just fine.
- I’ve learned that the compassion of a dog can heal a broken heart.
- I’ve learned that a home filled with laughter is a great place to be.
- I’ve learned that there is more truth to fiction than most people assume.
- I’ve learned that only our bodies age. My mind still thinks I’m 25.
- I’ve learned that I love to learn. The world is fascinating to me.
I'll end with another favorite from Brown's book:"I've learned to keep looking ahead. There are still so many good books to read, sunsets to see, friends to visit, and old dogs to take walks with." —Age 86