46/365 – I’ve Learned

“I’ve learned
that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I’ve learned
that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things:
a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I’ve learned
that regardless of your relationship with your parents,
you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

I’ve learned

that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”
I’ve learned
that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I’ve learned
that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands;
you need to be able to throw something back.
I’ve learned
that whenever I decide something with an open heart,
I usually make the right decision.
I’ve learned
that even when I have pains,
I don’t have to be one.
I’ve learned
that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I’ve learned
that I still have a lot to learn.
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.”
– Maya Angelou

42/365 – The Friend who Cares

“When we honestly ask ourselves
which person in our lives mean the most to us,
we often find that it is those who,
instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures,
have chosen rather to share our pain
and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion,
who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement,
who can tolerate not knowing,
not curing, not healing
and face with us the reality of our powerlessness,
that is a friend who cares.”

 

– Henri J. M. Nouwen
(The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey)