Some precious life lessons stand test of time

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Found an e-mail sent to me nearly 20 years ago. Even though time has flown by, the message is still good for 2020 and serves as a good reminder of guidelines we all should try to follow.
The e-mail is titled, I Learned and here’s the message:
 “On a positive note I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life goes 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 a tangled Christmas tree.
  I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they are 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 if you pursue happiness, it will elude you, but if you focus on your family, your friends, the needs of others, your work and doing the very best that you can, happiness will find you.
  I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
  I’ve learned that even when you have pains, I don’t have to be one.
  I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
  People love the human touch - - holding hands, 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.
  I’ve learned that you should pass this on to someone you care about. Sometimes they need just a little something to make them smile.”
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The way the stock market is jumping around the following conversation was overheard:
“Get my broker, Miss Jones.”
“Yes sir. Stock or pawn?”
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RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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