To laugh often and much,
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends,
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others,
to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded!"
... Ralph Waldo Emerson
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These are quotations from a book called, "Live and Learn and Pass It On"
by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. People ages 5 to 95 share what they've discovered about
live, love and other good stuff.
I've learned that my daddy can say a lot
of words that I can't! -Age 8
I've learned that if you spread the peas out
on your plate, it looks like you ate more.
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 you can't be a hero
without taking chances. -Age 43
I've learned that you can be in love with
four girls at the same time. -Age 9
I've learned that it doesn't cost
anything to be nice. -Age 66
I've learned that it's not what
happens to people that's important.
It's what they do about it. -Age 10
I've learned that animals can sometimes
warm your heart better than people
can. -Age 15
I've learned that although parents and
elders may lecture and discipline you,
you will later realize that it was because
they cared. -Age 15
I've learned that I do not have to be
perfect all the time for my family to
love me. -Age 18
I've learned that the tooth fairy
doesn't always come. Sometimes
he's broke. -Age 8
I've learned not to kiss and tell.
EIGHT GIFTS THAT COST NOTHING
1) THE GIFT OF LISTENING...
But you must REALLY listen.
No interrupting, no daydreaming,
no planning your response.
2) THE GIFT OF AFFECTION...
Be generous with appropriate hugs,
kisses, pats on the back and handholds.
Let these small actions demonstrate the
love you have for family and friends.
3) THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER...
Share articles and funny stories.
Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."
4) THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE...
It can be a simple
"Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet.
A brief, handwritten note may be remembered
for a lifetime, and may even change a life.
5) THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT...
A simple and sincere,
"You look great in red," "You did a super job"
or "That was a wonderful meal"
can make someone's day.
6) THE GIFT OF A FAVOR...
Every day, go out of your way
to do something kind.
7) THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE...
There are times when we want nothing better
than to be left alone.
Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of
solitude to others.
8) THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION..
The easiest way to feel good is
to extend a kind word to someone,
really it's not that hard to say,
Hello or Thank You.
Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed.
They make you smile and encourage
you to succed. They lend an ear, they
share a word of praise, and they
always want to open their hearts to us.
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