Looking in the Mirror

Spiritual Revelations for those seeking Humanity in Humans ~~CordieB.

What I have learned (sometimes, the hard way), but not all that I have learned

I’ve always enjoyed reading lessons learned in life.  Below is a list of “What I I have Learned” quotes that I’ve collected and a few of my own.  I have learned that … you can always learn something new.   Also, I have learned that I can learn from anyone, and everyone has knowledge to share.   That being said, please add a “What I have Learned” quote to this list.   . . .

I’ve 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.

I’ve learned –
that no matter how much I care,
some people just don’t care back.

I’ve learned –
that it takes years to build up trust,
and only seconds to destroy it.

I’ve learned –
that it’s not what you have in your life
but who you have in your life that counts.

I’ve learned –
that you can get by on charm
for about fifteen minutes.
After that, you’d better know something.
I’ve learned –
that you shouldn’t compare
yourself to the best others can do,
but to the best you can do.

I’ve learned –
that it’s not what happens to people
that’s important. It’s what they do about it.

I’ve learned –
that you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.

I’ve learned –
that no matter how thin you slice it,
there are always two sides.

I’ve learned –
that it’s taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be

I’ve learned –
that it’s a lot easier
to react than it is to think.

I’ve learned –
that you should always leave
loved ones with loving words.
It may be the last time you see them.

I’ve learned –
that you can keep going
long after you think you can’t.

I’ve learned –
that we are responsible for what we do,
no matter how we feel.

I’ve learned –
that either you control your attitude
or it controls you.

I’ve learned –
that regardless of how hot and steamy
a relationship is at first,
the passion fades and there had better be
something else to take its place.

I’ve learned –
that heroes are the people
who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done,
regardless of the consequences.

I’ve learned –
that learning to forgive takes practice.

I’ve learned –
that there are people who love you dearly,
but just don’t know how to show it.

I’ve learned –
that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I’ve learned –
that my best friend and I can do anything
or nothing and have the best time.

I’ve learned –
that sometimes the people you expect
to kick you when you’re down
will be the ones to help you get back up.

I’ve learned –
that sometimes when I’m angry
I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn’t give me
the right to be cruel.

I’ve learned –
that true friendship continues to grow,
even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.

I’ve learned –
that just because someone
doesn’t love you the way you want
them to, it doesn’t mean they don’t
love you with all they have.

I’ve learned –
that maturity has more to do with
what types of experiences you’ve had
and what you’ve learned from them
and less to do with how many
birthdays you’ve celebrated..

I’ve learned –
that you should never tell a child
their dreams are unlikely or outlandish.
Few things are more humiliating, and what
a tragedy it would if they believed it..

I’ve learned –
that your family won’t always
be there for you. It may seem funny,
but people you aren’t related to
can take care of you and love you
and teach you to trust people again.
Families aren’t biological..

I’ve learned –
that no matter how good a friend is,
they’re going to hurt you
every once in a while
and you must forgive them for that.

I’ve learned –
that it isn’t always enough
to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes you have to learn
to forgive yourself.

I’ve learned –
that no matter how bad
your heart is broken
the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I’ve learned –
that our background and circumstances
may have influenced who we are,
but we are responsible for who we become.

I’ve learned –
that sometimes when my friends fight,
I’m forced to choose sides
even when I don’t want to.

I’ve learned –
that just because two people argue,
it doesn’t mean they don’t love each other
And just because they don’t argue,
it doesn’t mean they do.

I’ve learned –
that sometimes you have to put
the individual ahead of their actions.

I’ve learned –
that we don’t have to change friends
if we understand that friends change.

I’ve learned –
that you shouldn’t be so
eager to find out a secret.
It could change your life forever.

I’ve learned –
that two people can look
at the exact same thing
and see something totally different.

I’ve learned –
that no matter how you try to protect
your children, they will eventually get hurt
and you will hurt in the process.

I’ve learned –
that there are many ways of falling
and staying in love.

I’ve learned –
that no matter the consequences,
those who are honest with themselves
get farther in life.

I’ve learned –
that no matter how many friends
you have, if you are their pillar
you will feel lonely and lost
at the times you need them most.

I’ve learned –
that your life can be changed
in a matter of hours
by people who don’t even know you.

I’ve learned –
that even when you think
you have no more to give,
when a friend cries out to you,
you will find the strength to help.

I’ve learned –
that writing, as well as talking,
can ease emotional pains.

I’ve learned –
that the paradigm we live in
is not all that is offered to us.

I’ve learned –
that credentials on the wall
do not make you a decent human being.

I’ve learned –
that the people you care most about in life
are taken from you too soon.

I’ve learned –
that although the word “love”
can have many different meanings,
it loses value when overly used.

I’ve learned –
that it’s hard to determine
where to draw the line
between being nice and
not hurting people’s feelings
and standing up for what you believe.

I’ve Learned. . .The badness of a movie is directly proportional to the number of
    helicopters in it.

I’ve Learned. . .Nobody is normal.

I’ve Learned. . .You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight-saving time.

I’ve Learned. . .People who feel the need to tell you that they have an excellent sense of humor are telling you that they have no sense of humor.

I’ve Learned. . .The most valuable function performed by the federal government is entertainment.

I’ve Learned. . .You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

I’ve Learned. . .A penny saved is worthless.

I’ve Learned. . .The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.

I’ve Learned. . .The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status, or ethnic background, is that, deep down  inside, we all believe that we are above-average drivers.

I’ve Learned. . .There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.

I’ve Learned. . .There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”

I’ve Learned. . .People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

I’ve Learned. . .A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

I’ve Learned. . .No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

I’ve Learned. . .When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often,  that individual is crazy.

I’ve Learned. . .Your friends love you anyway.

I’ve Learned. . .Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

I have Learned that . . .The best vision is not foresight or hindsight, but insight.

I’ve Learned to . . Live as if you will die today, and at the same time, Live as if you will live forever. What you do, and do not do, has infinite effects through infinity.

I’ve Learned . . . With every passing year I am more
convinced than ever of the truth of the popular Christian poem: “Only one life, ‘twil soon be past. Only
what’s done for Christ will last.”

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 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 I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.

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 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 with, the more things I get done.

I’ve learned. . To not get into my children’s arguments with their friends.  The children will make up next day, but we parents will stay angry with each other for eternity.


  persistentillusion wrote @

I’ve learned…that sleep really is more important than trying to cram things in at the last second.

  lostwidow wrote @

I’ve learned
a little bit of confidence goes a long way

to truly enjoy love, love without fear

the thorns in roses are for a reason


  cordieb wrote @

So true, Lost Widow. Thanks so much for sharing. Peace, Light and Love, Cordieb.

  SanityFound wrote @

Cordie, this is the most incredibly beautiful and inspiring list but my all time favourite is “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 have learnt that I will never stop learning, that it is not what happens to us that matters but rather what we do with it, how we react to it for that has far lasting effects, not only on ourselves but others as well.

I have learnt
… that the greatest gift to oneself is loving ourselves for who we are, for being true to ourselves surpasses all others.

… that the moon drinks wine just like me, and when he does he talks back

… that there is insanity in sanity and sanity in insanity, it is in our perception.

… that there are many bright stars in the night sky and you are one of them Cordie, for that I thank you… you shine brightly *hugs*

  cordieb wrote @

@Sanity Found. Thanks for the wise words. You’re a young woman with an old soul – something you once told me. Sending you butterfly kisses of love and light. And have a toast to the stars with the moon on my behalf the next time you wine together. The stars look up at you!

@All. Wise words my dear friends. I’m going to write a script to show a different “I have learned” each day – the ones from Friends. I hope you won’t mind me including your words. Once I complete it, I’ll send you a copy of the code so you can incorporate it on your blog if you wish! So if you think of some more. . . please send. If you see me reposting this again, it’s because I need more, more more!


Peace, Light and Love,

  SanityFound wrote @

The moon sends love and says you must consider yourself hugged for he is always watching over you 🙂 – he’s off the wine for a bit apparently the last session he was not so good the next morning. Thanks for your kind words my friend, they touched me greatly. *hugs*

  Sue Ann Edwards wrote @


winking….time also wounds all heels….

  enreal wrote @

these are some intense lessons… some I have learned others I have yet to learn… I always knew you were a keeper of great wisdom… the blessing is that you share it here

  cordieb wrote @

@Enreal. Thanks Enreal for your kind words as always. Your words are always so mystical and mind provoking. I do hope you reply back with your Anglelic I have learned. I would love to make a list of my FAVORITE bloggers I have learned lessons. Of course it’s totally optional, but I would love to read one of yours. . . Peace, light and love, CordieB.

  Whoa what a week! « SanityFound’s Rambling’s wrote @

[…] Looking in the Mirror wrote an incredible post about the lessons we learn in life entitled “What I have learned (sometimes, the hard way), but not all that I have learned“.  It is both filled with funny and wise truths… my favourite for today is […]

  cordieb wrote @

@Sue Ann. ROFL at that quote. I’ve got to say that’s an all time original and an all time favorite! Your sense of humor is uncanny. (I love it!) Winking back at cha! Thanks for the love! Peace, Light and Love, Cordieb.

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