I have learned...

A musician friend of mine held a beautiful and touching retirement speech today, full of wisdom and humour.

He talked about what he had learned in his life; and I would like to share some of his words of advice.

"I have learned…", by G.S.

That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all happiness and growth occurs while you are climbing it.

That you should keep one’s words both soft and tender, because tomorrow you may have to eat them.

That money doesn't buy class.

That I wish I could have told those I cared about that I love them one more time before they passed away.

That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

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

That, if you harbour bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

That, when your newly born child holds your little finger in his or her fist, you are hooked for life.

That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

That the secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes to do, but what one has to do.

That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

That the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

That love, not time, heals all the wounds.