Being Teachable

One of the most difficult things is life is to remain teachable.

Whenever I come across people with more life-experienced than I have, I try to listen and learn.  You know there are two ways to learn things in life – the easy way and the hard way.  I’ve found the leaning things the hard way always brings with if a good degree of pain, so whenever possible – I try to learn the lessons of life by looking at the lives of others – especially from the more senior citizens among us.  Here’s what I’ve learned from some of my senior friends.

I’ve learned that life is like a roll of toilet paper – the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned that being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned that I should be thankful that God doesn’t give me everything I ask for.

I’ve learned that “experience” is simply the name we give our mistakes and that the only limitations in our lives –  the only things that really hold us back – are the limitations we put on ourselves.

I’ve learned that a committee is a group that keeps minutes and waists hours.

I’ve learned that money doesn’t buy class and that to ignore the facts doesn’t change the facts.

I’ve learned that the Lord didn’t do everything in a single day, so what makes me think that I can?

I’ve learned that when you are in love – it always shows.

I’ve learned that its love, not time, that heals all wounds and that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned that under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I’ve learned that some people cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go – I’d prefer to be one of the former.

I’ve learned that a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks and that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a one.

I’ve learned that opportunities are never really lost because someone will seize the ones I miss.

I’ve learned that no one ever says; “it’s only a game” when their team is winning.

I’ve learned that life is tough, but I can be tougher.

I’ve learned that it is best give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening situation.

I’ve learned that we make a living by what we get.  We make a life by what we give.

And finally, I’ve learned that I should keep my words tender because tomorrow I may have to eat them.