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From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 19
9/20/2013


By Jay Beeler

My brother, Tom, occasionally sends me interesting stuff he’s found on the web. Most recently it was “Words from the Great Andy Rooney,” with a long list of things Andy supposedly learned in his long 92 years, much of it from “60 Minutes.”

One of the many things that I’ve learned in my numerous years is that some things found on the internet are simply not true and the best place to check facts is called “snopes.com,” which stated that Andy Rooney did not create this list of wise sayings. Rather, “they’re statements gathered from dozens of different people (aged 5 to 95), many of which were collected in the 1995 book, Live and Learn and Pass It On, Volume 11.”

Whether it was Andy or dozens of different people, I concur and identify with many of these statements about “What I’ve learned…”

* That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

* That when you’re in love, it shows.

* That just one person saying to me, ‘You’ve made my day!’ makes my day.

* That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

* That being kind is more important than being right.

* That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

* That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

* That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

* That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

* That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

* That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

* That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

* That money doesn’t buy class.

* That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

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

* That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

* That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

* That love, not time, heals all wounds.

That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people who are smarter than I am.

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

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

* That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

* That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

* That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

* That I wish I could have told my Mom that I love her one more time before she passed away.

* That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

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

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

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

* That when your newly born grandchild holds your little finger in his little fist, that you’re hooked for life.


That last one was saved as such for a reason. This past weekend, I had the privilege of taking my 19-month-old granddaughter, Lyla, to the Aquarium of the Pacific with my daughter, Mindy. It was a joy to let her hold my finger as she walked around and squealed with joy, seeing all the aquatic creatures at our downtown attraction.

Although our visit was brief, I was impressed at the many new attractions the aquarium has opened in recent years, the high level of staff on hand and the number of patrons there on an early Saturday morning. A goodly number of the visitors were present with young children, who were delighted to get an up-close look at the exhibits and expand their minds, learning about our global aquatic friends.


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