I’ve learned…

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. 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. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Maya Angelou



September 1, 2000

One woman complained to a friend that she couldn’t remember anything from one day to the next.

“Let me get this straight,” he said. “You can’t remember anything from one day to the next? How long has this been going on?”

She said, “How long has what been going on?”

If your memory is not what you would like it to be, it may help to focus on the few things you really need to remember.

  • Remember that your presence is a present to the world.
  • Remember that you are a unique and unrepeatable creation.
  • Remember that your life can be what you want it to be.
  • Remember to take the days just one at a time.
  • Remember to count your blessings, not your troubles.
  • Remember that you’ll make it through whatever comes along.
  • Remember that most of the answers you need are within you.
  • Remember those dreams waiting to be realized.
  • Remember that decisions are too important to leave to chance.
  • Remember to always reach for the best that is within you.
  • Remember that nothing wastes more energy than worry.
  • Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  • Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.
  • Remember not to take things too seriously.
  • Remember to laugh.
  • Remember that a little love goes a long way.
  • Remember that a lot goes forever.
  • Remember that happiness is more often found in giving than getting.
  • Remember that life’s treasures are people, not things.
  • Remember that miracles can still happen.

Author Unknown — Sent in by Andrew Ho — Malaysia



March 1, 2000

A woman, by her husband’s bed,
Could only watch as he slowly died.
With tears streaming down her face she cried,
“Are You here God? Tell me why?!”

“Sweetheart”, her husband uttered,
“I have something I want to say to you…
Remember that night I asked for your hand,
At that table just set for two?”

“Of course I do,” she replied,
“That was the happiest day of my life.
You were so nervous that you cut your steak,
Using the butter knife!”

He wiped the tears from her tired eyes,
Kissed her hand and then gently smiled.
“Remember the talks on those long walks,
When it seemed we’d go for miles?”

She grinned at him as she touched his face.
“Yes, so please don’t ever leave me!”
“I won’t my love,” he softly replied,
“And so there’s something I want you to see.”

With all the strength that he had left,
He took a picture off the bedroom stand.
“When I’m gone please look at this,”
As he placed it in her God-sent hand.

She never got to say good-bye,
As her husband had passed away that night,
But she had the picture that he’d given her,
And to this she forever held tight.

While years have passed,
The yellowed photograph reminds her of his smile
And the talks and those long walks,
When it seemed they’d go for miles.

The picture is of him and her,
The one that led to her saying, “I do.”
It was taken by a waiter one night,
At that table just set for two.
Copyright © 2000 Brian G. Jett