Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue

I’ve Learned … by Andy Rooney

My sister-in-law e-mailed this to me the other day, and I loved it. Very Candy-Landish!

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 understand.
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 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 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 Mom that I love her one more time before she 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 when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that 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 the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.
What have you learned?
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  • Annapurna Moffatt

    I agree with most of them (the ones I don’t agree with I haven’t experienced). This is so beautiful–I wish someone would forward it to me.
    “I’ve learned….That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.” My favourite.

  • marilyn

    i think this saysalot.the one that like is.
    ive learned….That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.
    thats all i ever ask is for a little compassion it make a bigger differance than people realize.

  • Your Name

    I’ve learned that it’s not your will for your life but God’s will.
    I’ve learned that the bible says do not be unequally yoked, and u better not!!!!!
    I’ve learned that your children are proof that you existed.
    I’ve learned that everyone may not loive you but you just love the hell out of them!
    I’ve learned that when you know better you do better!
    I’ve learned that life is not promised, live life to the fullest!
    I’ve learned that your life isn’t about you but the others that you have an effect on!
    I’ve learned to love myself!
    And finally I’ve learned that if a man can’t love me as I love myself I’m good!

  • Carol

    Hi Therese, I enjoying reading Beyond Blue through Beliefnet, but I must tell you that this piece is NOT by Andy Rooney. One of the dangers of the Internet and email is that we want to believe that what comes on them is true…definitely not always. This is a lovely piece, but it isn’t by Andy!

  • sue

    I have learned to let God out of the box that I have put Him in.
    I have learned that someone needs to hear my story…ALL of my story.
    I have learned that we are one and when we get to the core of our stories, they are the same.

  • SuzanneWA

    I’ve learned that you’re only as young as the old man who climbed the mountain to watch the sunset with new eyes; and as old as the newborn who looks upon life with wonder for what it is…

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