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I Have Learned Along the Way…

Recently, I was reading through a file with sermon illustrations and found a list that a lady had written about things she had learned in her lifetime.  These are excerpts from that document.

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 it’s not what you have in your life but who you have in your life that counts.

I’ve learned – that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

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

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 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 it isn’t always enough to be forgiven by others.  Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

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 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 no matter the consequences, those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.

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

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.   (quotes from Janice T. Hill).