Guard your descendents from inheriting [wounds + unawareness]

Inspirations to Focus and
Comfort You Along the Way
p. 10 of 10

Collected by Peter K. Gerlach, MSW


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What I Have Learned...

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.

I've learned that no matter how much I care,
some people just don't care back.

I've learned that it takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.

I've learned that you can get by on charm for about
fifteen minutes. After that, you'd better know something.

I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to
the best others can do, but to the best you can do.

I've learned that it's not what happens to people
that's important. It's what they do about it.

I've learned that no matter how thin you slice it,
there are always two sides.

I've learned that it's taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be

I've learned that it's a lot easier to react than it is to think.

I've learned that you should always leave loved ones
with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned that you can keep going
long after you think you can't.

I've learned that we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

I've learned that either you control your attitude
or it controls you.

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

I've learned that learning to forgive takes practice.

I've learned that there are people who love you dearly,
but just don't know how to show it.

I've learned that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned that my best friend and I can do
anything or nothing and have the best time.

I've learned that sometimes the people you expect
to kick you when you're down will be
the ones to help you get back up.

I've learned that true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I've learned 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.

I've learned 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.

I've learned 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 biological.

I've learned 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.

I've learned that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I've learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I've learned that our background and circumstances may have
influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I've learned 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.

I've learned that sometimes you have to put
the individual ahead of their actions.

I've learned that we don't have to change friends
if we understand that friends change.

I've learned that two people can look at the exact same thing
and see something totally different.

I've learned that there are many ways of falling and staying in love.

I've learned that no matter the consequences,
those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.

I've learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours
by people who don't even know you.

I've learned 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.

I've learned that writing, as well as talking,
can ease emotional pains.

I've learned that the paradigm we live in
is not all that is offered to us.

I've learned that credentials on the wall
do not make you a decent human being.

I've learned that the people you care most about in life
are taken from you too soon.

I've learned that although the word "love"
can have many different meanings,
it loses value when overly used.

I've learned that it's hard to determine where to draw the line
between being nice and not hurting people's feelings
and standing up for what you believe.

- Author Unknown

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