Between the Lines

Between the Lines By David Lias We've all heard that "what goes around, comes around," and that life is a process in which we never stop learning something new.

These observations seem to back up the above theories. They were given to my wife by one of her co-workers, and she shared them with me.

I've decided to pass these words of wisdom on to you. As you read this, you'll notice that each statement in the list comes from someone older, and perhaps a bit wiser, than the one before.

Or are they? Perhaps the most profound statement can be found at the end of this column, an observation by a youngster that is a notation of this cycle of advice starting all over again.

The following are things we could learn throughout our lifetime:

I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing Silent Night. Age 6.

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

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 if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. Age 14.

I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad that my parents are strict with me. Age 15.

I've learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. Age 24.

I've learned that brushing my child's hair is one of life's pleasures. Age 26.

I've learned that wherever I go, the world's worst drivers have followed me there. Age 29.

I've learned that if someone says something unkind about me, I must live so that no one will believe it. Age 39.

I've learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don't know how to show it. Age 41.

I've learned that you can make someone's day by simply sending them a little card. Age 44.

I've learned that the greater a person's sense of guilt, the greater his need to cast blame on others. Age 46.

I've learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. Age 47.

I've learned that singing Amazing Grace can lift my spirit for hours. Age 49.

I've learned that motel mattresses are better on the side away from the phone. Age 50.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Age 52.

I've learned that keeping a vegetable garden is worth a medicine cabinet full of pills. Age 52.

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you miss them terribly after they die. Age 53.

I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. Age 58.

I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. Age 62.

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. Age 64.

I've learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the very best you can, happiness will find you. Age 65.

I've learned that whenever I decide to do something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. Age 68.

I've learned that everyone can use a prayer. Age 72.

I've learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I've seen several. Age 73.

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. Age 82.

I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love that human touch � holding hands, a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Age 85.

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Age 92.

I've learned that you can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. Age 7.

I've learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. Sometimes, they just need a little something to make them smile.

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