The following was written by Andy Rooney a man who has the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy........
I've learned...that the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an
...that when you're in love, it shows.
...that just one person saying to me, "You've made my day!"
makes my day.
...that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the
most peaceful feelings in the world.
...that being kind is more important than being right.
...that you should never say no to a gift from a child.
...that I can always pray for someone when I don't have the
strength to help him in some other way.
...that no matter how serious your life requires you to be,
everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.
...that sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a
heart to understand.
...that simple walks with my father around the block on summer
nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
...that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets
to the end, the faster it goes.
...that we should be glad God doesn't give us everything we
...that money doesn't buy class.
...that it's those small daily happenings that make life so
...that under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be
appreciated and loved.
...that the Lord didn't do it all in one day. What makes me
think I can?
...that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.
...that when you plan to get even with someone, you are only
letting that person continue to hurt you.
...that love, not time, heals all wounds.
...that the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to
surround myself with people smarter than I am.
...that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.
...that there's nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies
and feeling their breath on your cheeks.
...that no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.
...that life is tough, but I'm tougher.
...that opportunities are never lost; someone will take the
ones you miss.
...that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock
...that I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one
more time before she passed away.
...that one should keep his words both soft and tender,
because tomorrow he may have to eat them.
...that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
...that I can't choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do
...that when your newly born grandchild holds your little
finger in his little fist, that you're hooked for life.
(This applies to nieces and nephews too!)
...that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all
the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
...that it is best to give advice in only two circumstances;
when it is requested and when it is a life threatening
...that the less time I have to work with, the more things I
To all of you. Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence.
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag
of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number
of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier
to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally, the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that
he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound is still there.
A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare jewels,
indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.
Please forgive me if I have ever left a hole in your fence.