Monday, October 27, 2008

Lessons Learned

In 1993, my brother David gave my parents a calender for Christmas called "Live & Learn & Pass It On". At that time, I wrote down some of the snippets of wisdom contained in it. Here are a few.

I've learned that nothing of value comes without effort.
- Age 64

I've learned that nothing very bad or very good ever lasts for very long.
- Age 66

I've learned that days are long, but life is short.
- Age 88

I've learned that goldfish don't like Jello.
- Age 5

I've learned that kindness is more important than perfection.
- Age 70

I've learned that the only time I want to sleep is when I can't.
- Age 29

I've learned that you shouldn't confuse a black crayon with a Tootsie Roll.
- Age 10

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

When I was 21, I wrote this:

I've learned that I haven't learned enough.

Now at 32, almost 33, I think that statement still applies. Sure, I've learned some new things, grown in different ways and had many life changing experiences since I wrote that. I got married. I've had 4 children. I've had several different church callings. We've bought and sold one house and then bought another. I've owned 3 different cars. I gained and lost some weight, but I still don't have enough of life figured out to consider myself wise. I think that's a good thing. One thing the Church is always encouraging us to do is to never stop learning. We should constantly be seeking out knowledge and ways to better our self. I'm trying. So, I'm going to revise my statement from 12 years ago just a little bit.

I've learned that I haven't learned enough, but I'm never going to stop trying. I'm grateful for all of the experiences that I've had. Whether I've had good days or bad ones, I've learned something from them all.
- Age 32 (almost 33)

If you want, tell me something that you've learned. Be sure to include your age to give us all an idea of where your perspective is coming from, and something to make fun of you for later.

15 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I learned that I still have a lot of things to learn.

Age 30

TJ said...

I learned that if you want something you need to work hard for it, nothing is ever really free.

Age 33

Jillene said...

I have learned that potty training is of the devil.

Age 36

Mommy Madness said...

When you give in to a child, it will always be harder the next time you have to say no!


Age 37

Bobie said...

I've learned that Christa is a smart and amazing woman!!

Mikki said...

(age 36) I've learned that I'm not smarter than a 5th grader, and that you're never too old to take care of things you should have taken care of years ago.

Wendyburd1 said...

I will never learn enough. Just when i think, hey I may be smart, I learn I am stupid. *sighs*

Rosie and Derek said...

I have learned that I need to stop fretting about the past and worrying about the future, and just enjoy today!
Age 32

Wendy said...

great lessons! thanks for sharing!!

Holly said...

I've learned when that little light comes on your dashboard that says "brakes" it means you don't have any!

age 36

Annette said...

I've learned that just because something works in one persons life does not mean it will work for you and vise versa!
Age 33 years young

Rebecca said...

I've learned that those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. (age 40)

Lisa said...

I've learned that the phrase "this too shall pass" is really true. When I was younger, much younger actually, I thought that was the silliest thing ever. The older (read:ancient) I get the more I have found the truth (and comfort) in those words.

Laurel said...

I've learned that you can only live for today - you can't change yesterday, and you can never TRULY count on what you think may come tomorrow....so live for today and be grateful that you have this day.

Laurel, 44 years old

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