What I have learned, But Not All That I Have Learned

  I've learned that you can get by on charm for about 15
     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 you can do something in an instant that will
     give you a heartache for life.

  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 alot 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 sometimes I just need to be held.

  I've learned that regardless of how hot and steamy a
     relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had
     better be something else to take its place.

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

  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 I'm getting more and more like my grandma,
     and I'm kinda happy about it.

  I've learned that a Sunday, following Saturday night of
     drinking more than twelve mixed shots of hard liquor, is
      best spent in bed.

  I've learned 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.

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

  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

  I've learned that you should never tell a child her dreams are
     unlikely or outlandish.  Few things are more humiliating,
     and what a tragedy it would be if she 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 someone 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 sometimes when my friends fight, I'm forced
     to choose sides even when I don't want to.

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

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

  I've learned that if you don't want to forget something, stick
     it in your underwear drawer.

  I've learned that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a
     secret.  It could change your life forever.

  I've learned that the clothes I like best are the ones with the
     most holes in them.

  I've learned that it's not what you have in your life,  but
     who you have in your life that counts.

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

  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 you try to protect your
     children, they will eventually get hurt and you will hurt in
     the process.

  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 many things can be powered by the mind,
     the trick is self-control.

  I've learned that no matter how many friends you have, if
     you are their pillar, you will feel lonely and lost at the times
     you need them most.

  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 credintials 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.

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