Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Mental Snack (37)

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"After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul and you learn that love doesn't mean learning and company doesn't always mean security. And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't promises and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child and you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight. After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much so you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers. And you learn that you really can endure you really are strong you really do have worth and you learn and you learn with every goodbye, you learn..." ~ Veronica A. Shooffstall

What are some things you've learned after living for a while? What are some things you want to learn? Is there ever a regret for knowing something or for knowing too much? Share your thoughts, share your experiences, share your mind. 





5 comments:

Chary Johnson said...

One thing I have learned, and it took a while to learn this, was that I cannot change anyone. I can only change and control myself. It was weird but I had this feeling that I could "fix" things, okay people. But I learned the hard way that people are not "things" to be controlled. I had to change my way of thinking and look inward.

Theresa Milstein said...

I love this.

Like Chary, I've also realized I can't change people. If I want them in my life, I have to accept them for who they are. I've also learned to appreciate the so-called little things instead of pining for what I don't have. But I slip once in awhile.

Shadow said...

from childhood, i never wanted to be alone or do things on my own. i've since learnt that being lonely amongst company is decidedly worse than being at peace by myself.

as for knowing too much, i've actually turned around from finding out more about another, because i knew, that should it turn out to be too bad, i'd never be able to forgive it. so, i believe that if i SHOULD know something, it'll come to me, i won't seek it out...

Carolyn V. said...

I've learned that most good things take patience. Although I really wish it would hurry up. =)

The Words Crafter said...

First of all, I adore that quote! It's fabulous, so thanks for sharing it.

I learned when I was very little that my grandmother couldn't be trusted. I've learned as an adult that you can trust some people, but you also have to understand that they're fallible.

I try to keep in mind when I'm frustrated with parents at work that I don't know their lives, their histories, or their situations. I just have to concentrate on their children and provide days of good memories, warm hugs, and lots of laughter. For some, it may be all they get.....

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