Ive 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.
Ive learned that no matter how much I care, some people just dont care back.
Ive learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
Ive learned that you can get by on charm, for about fifteen minutes. After that, youd better know something.
Ive learned that either you control your attitude or it controls you.
Ive learned that no matter how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.
Ive learned that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when youre down are the ones to help you get back up.
Ive learned that sometimes when Im angry I have the right to be angry.
Ive learned that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
Ive learned that just because someone doesnt love you the way you want them to doesnt mean that they dont love you with all they have.
Ive learned that maturity had more to do with what types of experiences youve had and what youve learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays youve celebrated.
Ive learned that your family wont always be there for you.
Ive learned that no matter how good a friend is, theyre going to hurt you every once in a while.
Ive learned that it isnt always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to forgive yourself.
Ive learned that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesnt stop for your grief.
Ive learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
Ive learned that just because two people argue, it doesnt mean they dont love each other. And just because they dont argue, it doesnt mean they do.
Ive learned that we dont have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
Ive learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
Ive learned that no matter how you try to protect your children, they will eventually get hurt and you will get hurt in the process.
Ive learned that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who dont even know you.
Ive learned that its hard to determine where to draw the line between being nice and not hurting peoples feelings and standing up for what you believe.
Or, ‘I have learned, in whatever state I find myself, to be content’. (Another Paul, the Apostle)
(with thanks to Roshni. It’s on Coelho’s blog but not attributed to him: he says he found it on the internet. Whatever, it’s full of insight!)