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Subj:     Thoughts I've Learned1
                 (Includes 15 jokes and articles, 17 1017,6,cf,wYT3b,1)

          Click "Here" for Thoughts-Learned-Supp2
          Click "Here" for Thoughts-Learned-Supp3
 


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Includes the following:  Bizarro - What Is The Meaning Of Life? (S897 in Supp3)
.........................20 Things We Should Say More Often - Video (S955 in Supp3)
.........................The Dream Of Life By Alan Watts - Video (S932 in Supp3)
.........................Garfield Comic Strip (S789 in Supp3)
.........................Promise Yourself (DU in Supp3)
.........................The Beginning of Wisdom - Video (S911 in Supp3)
.........................Jim Carrey's Secret to Life - Video (S916 in Supp3)
.........................General Principles To Live By (S116 in Supp3)
.........................Don't Look Back - Drawing (S802 in Supp3)
.........................Know Your Life Purpose In 5 Minutes - Video (S868 in Supp3)
.........................Words Of Wisdom (S180, S567c in Supp3)
.........................The Innovation Of Loneliness - Video (S866 in Supp3)
.........................Daffodil Principle - Video (S853 in Supp3)
.........................Words To Live By (S328 in Supp3)
.........................The Biological Advantage Of Being Awestruck - Vid (S831-Sup3)
.........................Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire - Video (S771 - Supp3)
.........................Lights Out For Solar Power (S780 in Supp3)
.........................Paul Bloom: The Origins Of Pleasure - Video (S759 in Supp3)
.........................What If Money Were No Object - Video (S821 in Supp3)
.........................Rules To Live By (S67, S534c in Supp3)
.........................Gratitude HD - Moving Art - Video (S827 in Supp3)
.........................25 Things I Have Learned In 50 Years (S99 in Supp3)
.........................Prince Ea - A Brand New Ending - Video (S1018)
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.........................Frazz Sunday Comic Strip (S631b in Supp2)
.........................Will Smith - The Key To Life - Video (S755 in Supp2)
.........................If I Had My Life to Live Over (S666b in Supp2)
.........................Uplifting Thoughts (S651b in Supp2)
.........................Randy Pausch's Last Lecture - Video (S580 in Supp2)
.........................Anti-Stress (S596 in Supp2)
.........................What A Jigsaw Puzzle Taught Me About Life (S591 in Supp2)
.........................Things I've Learned From My Children - Video (S131 in Supp2)
.........................Old Age, I Decided, Is A Gift (S575b in Supp2)
.........................My Lessons - Poem (S527b in Supp2)
.........................The Dangers Of Plastic Bags - PPS (S597 in Supp2)
.........................The Most And The Greatest (S526c in Supp2)
.........................Death Bed Wisdom (S513 in Supp2)
.........................Regina Brett's 45 Life Lessons (S625b in Supp2)
.........................Stress Management (S495 in Supp2)
.........................What Is Life About? (S483b in Supp2)
.........................Handbook 2010 (S680b in Supp2)
.........................The Wisdom Of A Bum (S483c in Supp2)
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.........................Pickles Sunday Comics on Learning (S511b)
.........................Daffodils (S255)
.........................A Thought On Happiness - Drawing (S470b)
.........................Things to Remember (S365)
.........................Lessons Throughout A Lifetime (S42, S394b)
.........................Non Sequitur Comic Strip (S1009)
.........................What I've Learned (S120)
.........................What I Have Learned II (S173, S386b)
.........................The GIF - Dog On The Highway
.........................Things I've Learned (S42)
.........................Great Truths-That Adults Have Learned (S267, S475b)
.........................Eighteen Random Rules of Life (S491b)
.........................Happiness
.........................Voltaire Quote - Drawing (S994)
.........................More Thoughts On Happiness
.........................Great Quotes From Roger (S90)
.........................Short Thoughts I've Learned
..............................Henry Ford Sign On What You Think (S875 in Supp3)
..............................7 Rules Of Life (S853 in Supp3)
..............................Charlie Brown And Snoopy (S815 in Supp3)
..............................Non Sequitur Comic Strips (S832 in Supp3)
..............................Integrity Bottle Cap Sign (S815 in Supp3)
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..............................45 Lessons In Life - PPS (S676 in Supp2)
..............................Frazz Comic Strip (S619b in Supp2)
..............................Winnie The Pooh Comic Strip (S616c in Supp2)
..............................Frank And Ernest Comic Strip (S614c in Supp2)
..............................Peanuts Comic Strip (S606c in Supp2)
..............................How Many of Me? (S583 in Supp2)
..............................Having Patience (S596b in Supp2)
..............................Maxine On Thinking (S556 in Supp2)
..............................Important Alert (S531c in Supp2)
..............................Quotes on Challenges (S503c in Supp2)

Also see BIRDS file   - 'Eagles in a Storm'
         BIRDS-DUCKS  - 'The Laws Of Ducks'
         BUGS-ETC     - 'Lessons Learned From Worms'
         CATHOLIC file- 'Mother Teresa's Favorites'
         CHURCH file  - 'Learned From Noah And The Arc'
         COLLEGE-PROF - 'Visiting Your Old Professor'
......................- 'The Empty Pickle Jar' - Video
         COMPUTER-SUPP- 'Why You Forward Jokes'
         DOGS2 file   - 'Things We Can Learn From A Dog...'
         ELDERLY4 file- 'Elderly Pearls Of Wisdom'
         FACEBOOK file- 'Einstein Photo And Quote'
         GOLF-SUPP    - 'The Privilege Of Playing Golf!'
         GREEK file   - 'The Waterfall And A Heraclitus Quote'
         JOBS3 file   - 'Bill Gates' Message on Life'
         KIDS2 file   - 'Boy With Bad Temper Puts Nails In A Fence'
         KIDS3 file   - 'If You Love Something'
......................- 'Things I've Learned From My Children'
......................- 'Great Truths About Life From Kids'
         LISTS file   - '18 Things I've Learned By Dave Barry'
         LOVE file    - 'The Top 11 Hints For Life' in NonJokes
         MONSTERS     - 'Cookie Monster, Life Coach' - Video
         MOTHERS file - 'What My Mother Taught Me'
         OTH-SPRTS-SUP- 'Why Do We Fall - Motivational Video'
         PRISON file  - 'Friendship Quote'
.........QUOTES3 file - 'Debunking Famous Quotes'
         QUOTES-COMEDN- 'I Am A BAD American By George Carlin'
         SANTA file   - 'The Four Stages Of Life:'
         SCHOOL-SUPP  - 'Did You Know' - Video
         SCHOOL-SUPP2 - 'Peanuts Comic Strip'
         SCHOOL-SUPP3 - 'A Unique Teacher Imparts Real Life Lessons' - Video
.........SPEECHES file- 'Steve Jobs' Commencement Address At Stanford'
......................- 'Anna Quindlen's Commencement Address' in NonJokes
         STORIES-SUPP - 'The Window From Which We Look'
         THANKSGIVING - 'A Thanksgiving Thought'
......................- 'I Am Thankful For...'
         THOUGHTS-KIDS- 'The Failure List II' - Video
......................- 'The Failure List'
......................- 'Ice Cream-Good For The Soul'
......................- (the whole file)
         THOUGHTS-QUTS- 'Charles Schultz's Philosophy'
......................- 'Why Are Things The Way They Are?'
......................- 'Instructions for a Good Life'
......................- 'Life Is Like Juggling Five Balls'
......................- 'Rush Limbaugh's 35 Undeniable Truths'
         THOUGHTS-SLLY- 'Words To Live By - Humorous'
         THO-SILLY-SUP- 'My Resignation As An Adult'
         THOUGHTS-TIME- 'Going Back Home For a Neighbors Funeral'
......................- 'How To Stay Young By Anon'
......................- '1000 Marbles'
......................- 'Thoughts On Time Management'
......................- 'More Thoughts On Time'
......................- 'Slow Dancing'
         THO-TIME-SUPP- 'I Can't Believe We Made It' - Video
......................- 'How To Live To Be 100 And Over'
         THOUGHTS-WARM- 'Thoughts Of Eleanor Roosevelt'
......................- 'Strength And Courage'
.........THO-WARM-SUPP- 'Seven Wonders Of The World II'

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Subj:     Pickles Sunday Comics on Learning (S511b)
          Written by Brian Crane on 11/5/2006
 Source: http://www.gocomics.com/pickles/2006/11/05
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Subj:     Daffodils (S255)
          From: RFSlick on 12/20/2001

 (also see 'Daffodil Principle Video' in Tho-Learned-Supp3)

 Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, "Mother,
 you must come see the daffodils before they are over."  I
 wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to
 Lake Arrowhead. "I will come next Tuesday, "I promised, a
 little reluctantly, on her third call.

 Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy.  Still, I had promised,
 and so I drove there.  When I finally walked into Carolyn's
 house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren, I said,
 "Forget the daffodils, Carolyn!  The road is invisible in
 the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except
 you and these children that I want to see bad enough to
 drive another inch!"

 My daughter smiled calmly and said, "We drive in this all
 the time, Mother."  "Well, you won't get me back on the
 road until it clears, and then I'm heading for home!"  I
 assured her.  "I was hoping you'd take me over to the
 garage to pick up my car."  "How far will we have to
 drive?" "Just a few blocks,"  Carolyn said.  "I'll drive.
 I'm used to this."  After several  minutes, I had to ask,
 "Where are we going?  This isn't the way to the garage!"
 "We're going to my garage the long way," Carolyn smiled,
 "by way of the daffodils."  "Carolyn," I said sternly,
 "please turn around."  "It's all right, Mother, I promise.
 You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience."

 After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel
 road and I saw a small church.  On the far side of the
 church, I saw a hand-lettered sign that read, "Daffodil
 Garden."

 We got out of the car and each took a child's hand, and I
 followed Carolyn down the path.  Then, we turned a corner
 of the path, and I looked up and gasped.  Before me lay
 the most glorious sight.

 It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold
 and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes.  The
 flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns, great
 ribbons and swath of deep orange, white, lemon yellow,
 salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow.  Each different
 colored variety was planted as a group so that it swirled
 and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue.
 There were five acres of flowers.

 "But who has done this?" I asked Carolyn.  "It's just one
 woman," Carolyn answered.  "She lives on the property.
 That's her home."  Carolyn pointed to a well kept A-frame
 house that looked small and modest in the midst of all
 that glory.  We walked up to the house.

 On the patio, we saw a poster.  "Answers to the Questions
 I Know You Are Asking" was the headline.  The first answer
 was a simple one.

 "50,000 bulbs," it read.
 The second answer was, "One at a time, by one woman.
 Two hands, two feet, and very little brain."
 The third answer was, "Began in 1958."

 There it was, The Daffodil Principle.  For me, that moment
 was a life-changing experience.  I thought of this woman
 whom I had never met, who, more than forty years before,
 had begun-one bulb at a time-to bring her vision of beauty
 and joy to an obscure mountain top.

 Still, just planting one bulb at a time, year after year,
 had changed the world.  This unknown woman had forever
 changed the world in which she lived.  She had created
 something of ineffable (indescribable) magnificence,
 beauty, and inspiration.

 The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the
 greatest principles of celebration.  That is, learning to
 move toward our goals and desires one step at a time-often
 just one baby-step at a time-and learning to love the doing,
 learning to use the accumulation of time.  When we multiply
 tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort,
 we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things.  We
 can change the world.

 "It makes me sad in a way," I admitted to Carolyn.  "What
 might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful
 goal thirty-five or forty years ago and had worked away at
 it 'one bulb at a time' through all those years.  Just
 think what I might have been able to achieve!"

 My daughter summed up the message of the day in her usual
 direct way. "Start tomorrow," she said.

 It's so pointless to think of the lost hours of yesterdays.
 The way to make learning a lesson of celebration instead
 of a cause for regret is to only ask, "How can I put this
 to use today?"

 Happiness is the way.  So, treasure every moment that you
 have and treasure it more because you shared it with some-
 one special, special enough to spend your time with .  .
 and remember that time waits for no one.

 So, stop waiting .  .  .
 Until your car or home is paid off
 Until you get a new car or home
 Until your kids leave the house
 Until you go back to school
 Until you finish school
 Until you lose 10 lb..
 Until you gain 10 lb..
 Until you get married
 Until you get a divorce
 Until you have kids
 Until you retire
 Until summer
 Until spring
 Until winter
 Until fall
 Until you die

 There is no better time than right now to be happy.
 Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

 So work like you don't need money,
 Love like you've never been hurt,
 And dance like no one's watching.

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Subj:     A Thought On Happiness (S470b)
          From: LABLaughsRiddles on 1/30/2006
..........Source: (Removed from lablaughs.com)

 You can view this cute cartoon and thought by clicking 'HERE'.

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Subj:     Things to Remember (S365)
..........From: Grampsboyd on 1/23/2004

  1. No man or woman is worth your tears, and the one who is,
     won't make you cry.

  2. Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want
     them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

  3. A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and
     touches your heart.

  4. The worst way to miss someone is to be sitting right beside
     them knowing you can't have them.

  5. Never frown, even when you are sad, because you never know
     who is falling in love with your smile.

  6. To the world you may be one person, but to one person you
     may be the world.

  7. Don't waste your time on a man/woman, who isn't willing to
     waste their time on you.

  8. Maybe God wants us to meet a few wrong people before
     meeting the right one, so that when we finally meet
     the person, we will know how to be grateful.

  9. Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened.

 10. There's always going to be people that hurt you so what
     you have to do is keep on trusting and just be more careful
     about who you trust next time around.

 11. Make yourself a better person and know who you are before
     you try and know someone else and expect them to know you.

 12. Don't try so hard, the best things come when you
     least expect them to.

     REMEMBER: WHATEVER HAPPENS, HAPPENS FOR A REASON

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Subj:     Lessons Throughout A Lifetime (S42, S394b)
          From: KMacinty on 6/1/99
      and From: Imogenelumen on 8/17/2004

 I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries
    when we sing "Silent Night"..........Age 6

 I've learned that you can't hide a piece of broccoli
    in a glass of milk.........Age 7

 I've learned that when I wave to people in the country,
    they stop what they are doing and wave back..........Age 9

 I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it,
    Mom makes me clean it up..........Age 13

 I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you
    should try cheering someone else up..........Age 14

 I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm
    secretly glad my parents are strict with me..........Age 15

 I've learned that silent company is often more healing
    than words of advice..........Age 24

 I've learned that brushing my child's hair is
    one of life's great pleasures..........Age 26

 I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers
    have followed me there..........Age 29

 I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me,
    I must live so that no one will believe it..........Age 39

 I've learned that there are people who love you dearly
    but just don't know how to show it..........Age 41

 I've learned that you can make some one's day by simply
    sending them a little card..........Age 44

 I've learned that the greater a person's  sense of guilt, the
    greater his need to cast blame on others..........Age 46

 I've learned that children and grandparents are
    natural allies. .......Age 47

 I've learned that singing "Amazing Grace" can
    lift my spirits for hours..........Age 49

 I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the
    side away from the phone..........Age 50

 I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way
    he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage,
    and tangled Christmas tree lights ..........Age 51

 I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth
    a medicine cabinet full of pills..........Age 52

 I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your
    parents, you miss them terribly after they die......Age 53

 I've learned that making a living is not the same
    thing as making a life..........Age 58

 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.....Age 59

 I've learned that if you want to do something positive for
    your children, try to improve your marriage ........Age 61

 I've learned that life sometimes gives you
    a second chance. .........Age 62

 I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with
    a catchers mitt on both hands.  You need to be able
    to throw something back. ........Age 64

 I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you.
    But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your
    work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can,
    happiness will find you..........Age 65

 I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness,
   I usually make the right decision..........Age 66

 I've learned that everyone can use  a prayer..........Age 72

 I've learned that it pays to believe in miracles.  And to
    tell the truth, I've seen several..........Age 73

 I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't
    have to be one..........Age 82

 I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch
    someone.  People love that human touch-holding hands, a
    warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.......Age 85

 I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.........Age 92

 I've learned that people love a warm hug,
    or just a friendly pat on the back.................Age 93

 I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.........Age 100

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Subj:     Non Sequitur Comic Strip (S1009)
          By Wiley Miller on 5/19/2016
 Source: http://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur/2016/05/19
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Subj:     What I've Learned I (S120)
          From: DrRibeiro on 5/18/99

 (Also see 'Lessons Throughout A Lifetime'
       and '25 Things I Have Learned In 50 Years' in this file)

 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 get by on charm for about
  fifteen minutes.
  After that, you'd better know something.

 I've learned-
  that you shouldn't compare
  yourself to the best others can do.

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

 I've learned-
  that it's taking me a long time
  to become the person I want to be.

 I've learned-
  that you should always leave loved ones
  with loving words. It may be the last
  time you see them.

 I've learned-
  that you can keep going long after you can't.

 I've learned-
  that we are responsible for what we do,
  no matter how we feel.

 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 money is a lousy way of keeping score.

 I've learned-
  that my best friend and I can do anything
  or nothing and have the best time.

 I've learned-
  that sometimes the people you expect
  to kick you when you're down
  will be the ones to help you get back up.

 I've learned-
  that sometimes when I'm angry
  I have the right to be angry,
  but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

 I've learned-
  that true friendship continues to grow,
  even over the longest distance.
  Same goes for true love.

 I've learned-
  that just because someone doesn't love
  you the way you want them to doesn't
  mean they don't love you with all they have.

 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 you should never tell a child
  their dreams are unlikely or outlandish.
  Few things are more humiliating, and what
  a tragedy it would be if they believed it.

 I've learned-
  that no matter how good a friend is,
  they're going to hurt you every once in a while
  and you must forgive them for that.

 I've learned-
  that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
  Sometimes you are to learn to forgive yourself.

 I've learned-
  that no matter how bad your heart is broken
  the world doesn't stop for your grief.

 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 just because two people argue,
  it doesn't mean they don't love each other
  And just because they don't argue,
  it doesn't mean they do.

 I've learned-
  that we don't have to change friends
  if we understand that friends change.

 I've learned-
  that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a
  secret. It could change your life forever.

 I've learned-
  that two people can look at the exact same thing
  and see something totally different.

 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 your life can be changed in a matter of
  hours by people who don't even know you.

 I've learned-
  that even when you think you have no more
  to give, when a friend cries out to you,
  you will find the strength to help.

 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.

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Subj:     What I Have Learned II (S173, S386b)
          From: icohen on 5/22/00
      and From: Imogenelumen on 6/22/2004

 I've learned that you cannot make someone love you.  All you
 can do is stalk them and hope they panic and give in.

 I've learned that regardless of how hot and steamy a relation-
 ship is at first, the passion fades, and there had better be a
 lot of money to take its place.

 I've learned that no matter how you try to protect your children,
 they will eventually get arrested and end up in the local paper.

 I've learned that no matter how much I care, some people are
 just assholes.

 I've learned that it takes years to build up trust, and it only
 takes suspicion, not proof, to destroy it.

 I've learned that you shouldn't compare yourself to others -
 they are more fucked up than you think.

 I've learned that you can keep puking long after you think you
 are finished.

 I've learned that we are responsible for what we do, unless we
 are celebrities.

 I've learned that you can get by on charm for about fifteen
 minutes.  After that, you'd better have a big dick or huge tits.

 I've learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you
 when you're down will be the ones who do.

 I've learned that we don't have to ditch bad friends, because
 their dysfunction makes us feel better about ourselves.

 I've learned that the people you care most about in life are
 taken from you too soon and all the less important ones just
 never go away.

 I've learned to say "Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke"
 in 6 languages.

 Pass this along to 5 friends... trust me, they'll appreciate it.
 Who knows, maybe something good will happen.  If not ... tough
 shit.

From: pns@adelphia.net on 12/6/2000

 I've learned that brain cells come and go,
 but fat cells are forever.

From: Imogenelumen on 6/22/2004

 I've learned that one good turn gets most of the blankets.

 I've learned that whatever hits the fan will not be evenly
 distributed.

 I've learned that depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

 I've learned that it is not what you wear;
 it is how you take it off.

 I've learned that ex's are like fungus..They keep coming back.

 I've learned age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

 I've learned that I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy it.

 I've learned that artificial intelligence is no match for
 natural stupidity.

 I've learned that 99% of the time when something isn't working
 in your house, one of your kids did it.

 I've learned that there is a fine line between genius
 and insanity.

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Subj:     The GIF - Dog On The Highway
          From: LABLaughsClean on 4/18/2005
 Source: (Removed from lablaughs.com)
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Subj:     Things I've Learned (S42)
          From: Octagon999 on 97-11-14

 (Also see 'What I've Learned'
       and '25 Things I Have Learned In 50 Years' in this file)

 Better organized in 'Lessons Throughout A Lifetime' in this file.
 I originally had two copies of the same file.

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Subj:     Great Truths About Life, That Adults Have Learned (S267, S475b)
          From: RFSlick on 3/10/2002
      and From: cappucinid on 2/21/2006

 1. Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
 2. Wrinkles don't hurt.
 3. Families are like fudge. . . mostly sweet,
    with a few nuts.
 4. Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut
    that held its ground.
 5. Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
 6. Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the
    fiber -- not the joy.

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Subj:     Eighteen Random Rules of Life (S491b)
          From: LABLaughsClean on 6/6/2006

 I love maxims - those concise capsules of worldly wisdom.
 I collect them and write them and, of course, love to share
 them.  Here are 18 random rules of life worth posting on
 your mirror or, better yet, why not use them as dinner-
 time discussion starters?

  1. Find the lesson in every failure, and you`ll never
     fail.
  2. The likelihood you`re right is not increased by the
     intensity of your conviction.
  3. Real friends help you feel worthy and make you want
     to be better.
  4. When you`re in a hole, stop digging.
  5. Donít confuse fun with fulfillment, or pleasure
     with happiness.
  6. Refusing to let go of a grudge is refusing to use
     the key that will set you free.
  7. Hating hurts you more than the person you hate.
  8. Counting on luck is counting on random chance; your
     odds are much better when you plan and work.
  9. It`s better to be kind than clever.
 10. Don`t underestimate the power of persistence.
 11. The easy way is rarely the best way.
 12. It`s much easier to burst someone else`s bubble
     than blow up your own.
 13. You can`t avoid pain, but you can avoid suffering.
 14. Self-pity is a losing strategy; it repels others
     and weakens you.
 15. Short cuts usually produce short success.
 16. Control your attitude or it will control you.
 17. It`s more important to be significant than
     successful.
 18. The world is waiting for you to heal it.

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Subj:     Happiness
          From: Tom_Adams on 98-05-19

 I read the following article in the June 1998 issue of
 Reader's Digestand felt it was worth sharing with all of
 you that may still be waiting for "it" or know someone
 who is.  I hope you'll take the few minutes it will
 take to read this.  If no time at work, print it and take
 it home to read and share with family and friends.

                 A Simple Truth About
                   H A P P I N E S S
   If you're waiting for it, you've missed the point
                    By Dennis Prager
         From"Happiness Is a Serious Problem"

 After I gave a talk on the subject of happiness, a woman
 in the audience stood up and said, "I wish my husband had
 come."  As much as she loved him, she explained, it wasn't
 easy being married to someone so unhappy.

 This woman enabled me to put into words what I had been
 searching for -- the altruistic, as well as the personal,
 reasons for taking happiness seriously.  I told her that
 each of us owes it to our spouse, our children, our friends
 to be as happy as we can be.  And if you don't believe me,
 ask a child what it's like to grow up with an unhappy
 parent, or ask parents what pain they suffer if they have
 an unhappy child.

 I was not a particularly happy child, and like most teen-
 agers, I reveled in my angst.  One day, however, it
 occurred to me that I was taking the easy way out.  Anyone
 could be unhappy; it took no courage or effort.  True
 achievement lay in struggling to be happy.

 The notion that we have to work at happiness comes as news
 to many people.  We assume it's a feeling that comes as a
 result of good things that just happen to us, things over
 which we have little or no control.

 But the opposite is true:  happiness is largely under our
 control.  It is a battle to be waged and not a feeling to
 be awaited.

 To achieve a happier life, it's necessary to overcome some
 stumbling blocks, three of which are:

 Comparison With Others.

 Most of us compare ourselves with anyone we think is
 happier -- a relative, an acquaintance, or often, someone
 we barely know.  I once met a young man who struck me as
 particularly successful and happy.  He spoke of his love
 for his beautiful wife and their daughter, and of his joy
 at being a radio talk-show host in a city he loved.  I
 remember thinking that he was one of those lucky few for
 whom everything goes effortlessly right.

 Then we started talking about the Internet.  He blessed
 its existence, he told me, because he could look up
 information on multiple sclerosis -- the terrible disease
 afflicting his wife.  I felt like a fool for assuming
 nothing unhappy existed in his life.

 Images of Perfection.

 Almost all of us have images of how life should be.  The
 problem, of course, is that only rarely do people's jobs,
 spouses and children live up to these imagined ideals.

 Here's a personal example:  No one in my family had ever
 divorced.  I assumed that marriage was for life.  So when
 my wife and I divorced after five years of marriage and
 three years after the birth of our son, my world caved in.
 I was a failure in my own eyes.

 I later remarried but confided to my wife, Fran, that I
 couldn't shake the feeling that my family life had failed.
 She asked me what was wrong with our family now (which
 included her daughter from a previous marriage and my son).
 I had to admit that, aside from the pain of being with my
 son only half the time (my ex-wife and I shared custody),
 our family life was wonderful.

 "Then why don't you celebrate it?" she asked.

 That's what I decided to do.  But first I had to get rid
 of the image of a "perfect" family.

 "Missing Tile" Syndrome.

 One effective way of sabotaging happiness is to look at
 something and fixate on even the smallest flaw.  It's like
 looking up at a tiled ceiling and concentrating on the
 space where one tile is missing.  As a bald man told me,
 "Whenever I enter a room, all I see is hair."

 Once you've determined what you're missing tile is, explore
 whether acquiring it will really make you happy.  Then do
 one of three things: get it, replace it with a different
 tile, or forget about it and focus on the tiles in your
 life that are not missing.

 I've spent years studying happiness, and one of the most
 significant conclusions I've drawn is this: there is little
 correlation between the circumstances of people's lives and
 how happy they are.  A moment's reflection should make this
 obvious.  We all know people who have had a relatively easy
 life yet are essentially unhappy.  An we know people who
 have suffered a great deal but generally remain happy.

 The first secret is gratitude.  All happy people are
 grateful.  Ungrateful people cannot be happy.  We tend to
 think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it's
 truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming
 unhappy.

 The second secret is realizing that happiness is a
 byproduct of something else.  The most obvious sources are
 those pursuits that give our lives purpose -- anything from
 studying insects to playing baseball.  The more passions we
 have, the more happiness we're likely to experience.

 Finally, the belief that something permanent transcends us
 and that our existence has some larger meaning can help us
 be happier.  We need a spiritual or religious faith, or a
 philosophy of life.

 Whatever your philosophy, it should encompass this truism:
 if you choose to find the positive in virtually every
 situation, you will be blessed, and if you choose to find
 the awful, you will be cursed.  As with happiness itself,
 this is largely your decision to make.

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Subj:     Voltaire Quote (S994)
          From: Hilda Baumgarner on 2/4/2016
 Source: https://www.facebook.com/TheFlyLady/photos/a.1775985368
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Subj:     More Thoughts On Happiness
          From: auntieg on 98-11-21

  (See 'Quotes On Happiness And Life' in THOU-LEARN-SUPP)

 Life is now or never

 We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get
 married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated
 that the kids aren't old enough and we'll be more content
 when they are.  After that we're frustrated that we have
 teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when
 they are out of that stage.  We tell ourselves that our
 life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act
 together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice
 vacation, when we retire.

 The truth is, there's no better time to be happy than right
 now.  If not now, when?  Your life will always be filled
 with challenges.  It's best to admit this to yourself and
 decide to be happy anyway.  One of my favorite quotes come
 from Alfred D Souza.  He said, "For a long time it had
 seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life.
 But there was always some obstacle in the way, something
 to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time
 still to be served, a debt to be paid.  Then life would
 begin.  At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were
 my life".

 This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way
 to happiness.  Happiness is the way.  So, reassure every
 moment that you have.  And treasure it more because you
 shared it with someone special, special enough to spend
 your time...and remember that time waits for no one...
 So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back
 to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten
 pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the
 house, until you start work, until you retire, until you
 get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night,
 until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home,
 until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until
 summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare,
 until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on,
 until you've had a drink, until you've sobered up, until
 you die, until you are born again to decide that there is
 no better time than right now to be happy...Happiness is a
 journey, not a destination.

 Thought for the day:
            Work like you don't need money,
            Love like you've never been hurt,
            And dance like no one's watching.

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Subj:     Great Quotes From Roger (S90)
          From: RFSlick on 98-10-17

 To handle yourself, use your head;
 To handle others, use your heart.

 Anger is only one letter short of danger.

 If someone betrays you once, it's his fault;
 if he betrays you twice, it's your fault.

 Great minds discuss ideas;
 Average minds discuss events;
 Small minds discuss people.

 God gives every bird it's food,
 But He does not throw it into it's nest.

 He who loses money, loses much;
 He who loses a friend, loses more;
 He who loses faith, loses all.

 Beautiful young people are acts of nature,
 But beautiful old people are works of art.

 Learn from the mistakes of others.
 You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.

 The tongue weighs practically nothing,
 But so few people can hold it.

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