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Life and Love


BEFORE the National Friendship Week (which, I was told, runs from Aug. 17 to 23 in the USA) ends tomorrow, I want to post some inspiring words which my cousin, Janjan Rafael, e-mailed me a few minutes ago.

My inbox frequently receives phrases and inspirational stories echoed countless times but the following has a different impact on me. Perhaps, my firsthand experience of them is what makes me feel this way.

I’ve learned….
That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned….
That when you’re in love, it shows.

I’ve learned….
That just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.

I’ve learned….
That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

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

I’ve learned….
That you should never say “no” to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned….
That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned….
That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned….
That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to

I’ve learned….
That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

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 we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned….
That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned….
That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

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

I’ve learned….
That the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

I’ve learned….
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned….
That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned….
That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned….
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself
with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned….
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I’ve learned….
That there’s nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.

I’ve learned….
That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I’ve learned….
That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve learned….
That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned….
That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned….
That I wish I could have told my grandfather that I love him one more
time before he passed away.

I’ve learned….
That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned….
That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I’ve learned….
That I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what to do about it.

I’ve learned….
That when your newly born child holds your little finger in his little fist, you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned….
That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

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

I’ve learned….
That the less time I have to work on one task, the more things I get done.

Happy Friendship Week to all of you I call friends:)

19 thoughts on “Life and Love

  1. wow… very touching naman.. i like the picture… it makes me sad yet happy… ang gulo ko no… happy friendship week! πŸ™‚

  2. Potsquared, it’s my husband and baby’s hands in the photo, ‘yung braso sa akin hehehe:) Umeksena pa talaga no? Happy Friendship Week!:)

  3. thanks for dropping by my site πŸ˜€

    ako may alam na ive learned, nakuha dati from inquirer, maraming list e.. pero eto ung pinakatumatak saken..

    ive learned that when someone doesnt love you the way you want them to, doesnt mean that they dont love you with all they have πŸ˜€

    Sonnet: That saying is true lyingwithclotheson because each and every one of us is unique and special so we can’t expect others to think and feel like us.

  4. Oh, how beautiful. Thanks for sharing these words of wisdom.

    Sonnet: Hi Kat, it’s meant for all of us:) I believe that we had experienced each line at one point in our lives:)

  5. Happy friendship to you also! πŸ™‚
    anu pa nga pede ko dagdag…

    “I’m sorry, I got stinky, I look dirty but see I’ve learned – Nido kid”

    Sonnet: hahaha!!! O di ba?:) How’s Jen, vhincent? Lapit na September:)

  6. kaganda πŸ™‚ kakatouch. happy friendship week mga friendship! πŸ™‚ happy weekend na rin sayo my friend πŸ™‚

    Sonnet: Hello mare, di ako naka-check dito last Sat., the last day of National Friendship Week. Sonnet wasn’t feeling well kaya nakatutok talaga ako sa kanya.

  7. happy friendship week and yes, a REAL smile says a lot

    Sonnet: Absolutely mare! Looks like you’re back from your trip:)

  8. nice post β™₯ happy friendship week!

    Sonnet: Happy friendship week, guys:)

  9. pahabol po ako… happy friendship week!!!

    Sonnet: Happy friendship week, kapatid:)

  10. ahihi.. ate sonnet talaga.. nakaka touched.. lalo na pag pinag uusapan ang baby .. haay… oo nga sarap ng feeling pinahiram sa akin kahapon yun baby ng cousin ko hehe ang peaceful talaga ng feeling.. πŸ™‚

    happy friendship week πŸ™‚

    Sonnet: Siguro it’s about time you have a baby of your own, Lambing:) Dati akala ko mahilig lang ako sa bata, ‘yon pala mother material pala talaga ako hehehe:) Happy Friendship Week, girl:)

  11. ang ganda nito sobra! happy friendship week to you too!

    Sonnet: The lines reflect reality kasi ifoundme, pansin mo? Kaya nagustuhan ko rin agad:)

  12. …i’ve learned that clasping hands is more satisfying than kissing lips.

    Don’t ask me the reason. Perhaps it’s the law of (super) conductivity? Let’s ask BT and the rest…

    …i’ve also learned that a kiss is not always a kiss. they can also be Hershey’s kisses chocolates!

    chocolates anyone? πŸ™‚

    Sonnet: Penge chocolate VF:)

  13. Good morning, Sonnet! How are yeah, sistah?

    Thank you for posting this. I all love them. So true… I especially like yung going up sa mountain…


    Namiss kayo ni VF kahapon. He was complaining wala daw siyang makulit.
    Miss daw niya si Ms Avi, Ms Hito at Ms Sonnet! Ahahahahhaa. He even said na hate na daw niya pag holiday dito sa Pilipinas. LOL!

  14. Hahaha!!! Kakatawa naman si VF, BT:) My Sonnet was sick so I didn’t do much during the weekend and even yesterday. Ayaw naman sumama ng matagal sa yaya nya so ako lagi may hawak sa kanya.

  15. I first read this one when I was in college. Nawala ko iyong copy ko na ito and I’ve been looking for this one for the longest time. Kinopya ko ito ha. hehe
    Good thing you’ve posted this one, it’s inspiring. :p

  16. It’s really inspiring Lenski, every line is true:)

  17. my friendships sa mga taga-JASMS very special
    kasi kasabay ko na kayo lumaki, eh
    yun iba nga lang satin hindi na talaga tumangkaad

    Sonnet: And who are you trying to hit with that last line? Sagad hanggang buto yon den ah, hehehe:)

  18. ok sakin comment ni vhincent hahaha, galing naunahan ako.

  19. Hehehe:) mabilis si vhincent sa ganyan tet:) Ikaw, what have you learned?:)

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