Tuesday, June 9, 2009

What I've Learned


1. You can love someone very much doesn't mean that they have to love you in the same way or as much.

2. We are often too judgmental. Life is short and very little that happens is that deep. Learn to forgive.

3. We want God, who none of us has ever seen, to forgive us... and yet, we can't forgive the people we actually see everyday for some real or imagined slight.

4. When I was a child, I was fascinated by the neighborhood bar. It was this big, dark room that people sat in, drank in, and it looked mysterious and cool. My grandfather and uncles always said, "Don't worry 'bout that. You'll know what's inside when you get older." Now that I've been in a few bars, I wonder what all the fuss was about!

5. The road to redemption often seems like the longest and most narrow road one has to travel.

6. I spent the first 18 years of my life wanting to be free of my parents so I could do what I wanted to do and not have to hear their unsolicited advice. Now, I'd give anything for one or both of them to tell me what to do sometimes. Unfortunately, it's too late!

7. When I was 18 years old and about to leave for college, my grandmother told me to "never forget who you are and how you were raised." Needless to say, sometimes I did forget and everytime in my life that I did, I got an unpleasent reminder of who I was and how I was expected to comport myself.

8. My mother always told me that, "A job is just how you make your money. Never confuse it with who you are." Wisdom, I actually listened to. It has served me well and helped me to keep my balance.

9. People love us the best that they can. It's not always the best that we expect them to or rather, that we want them to.

10. We are often surrounded by people who love us... and yet, we'll stress over the one person who does not love us. Recognize the people in your life that really love and care about you. The haters aren't really that important!

28 comments:

Sean said...

Another Great one Man!

Toni said...

Can't I ever be first? lololol
Keith,I loved this entire post,every one was a gem!

Angie B. said...

Numbers 1,9 and 10 struck me as just pure truth!

Sunflower said...

I loved the themes of Love ,Forgiveness and redemption running through this.

James Perkins said...

I always love these "What I've learned" posts.

Simon Bastion said...

A deep look inside the man....Love these posts.

Grover Tha Playboy said...

So glad you're back, dropping the wisdom good brother!

Jazzy said...

Number four was me too Fam!

That's why I do most of my drinking at home.

Cheryl said...

Loved this whole post..so spiritual,so beautiful.

Brenda said...

I absolutely love what you have to say about love...we are on the same page right now.

Vanessa said...

The last one really spoke to me Keith.

Swaggie said...

Good one Keith!

Captain Jack said...

This was simply beautiful...Are you sure you're an Aries?? You seem much too sensitive to be one.
:) You're more like a Pisces.

Tate2 said...

I dug number four about the Bars
I thought they were fascinating too when I was a little kid.

Halo said...

Hey Keith, Love this post.....What you say about Love and our expectations is the business!

Lisa said...

Numbers 1,2,3, 9 and 10 ring so true with me right now..Thank you for this!

Anonymous said...

Very good post...This is the kind of stuff I really like.

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

LOVE all of these! The very last one use to be until I learned to forgive and move on! Now I'm happy and have a peace I've never had before!

Love, peace and blessings!
Keep learning and sharing so we all can continue to grow!

Adrienne said...

This is such a wonderful post.

Erin Michell said...

INSIGHTFUL as always which always for introspection and self-reflection.....something i needed to read today....

Jillian said...

Keithmeister!!! How I've missed you so!!!...but that is my fault for not making it a point to stop by..

AS ALWAYS...great learnings...and very inspirational..i love #3 and #10...

I hope all is very well and that you are having a GOOD Tuesday...that you have a GREAT rest of the week...and an even BETTER weekend!?!?

- Cupcake!

Thoughts of a Southern gal said...

#3 hit a nerve!

#6 I think we have all felt like that. Now I understand why my mom would tell me don't be in such a rush to grow up.

Arlene said...

These are ten points of Wisdom, Keith. Life lessons are repeated, just like years of schooling, when we don't learn what God intended us to learn. I'm still reminding myself of what your mother said about the "job." I've already taken the advice about loving our family the best I can. And I love you too!!

blackwomenblowthetrumpet.blogspot.com said...

Hey there Keith...

You are preaching up in heyah, up in heyah!

And I loooove it!

Let me sit on down and listen to my favorite Nupe droppin' knowledge! Somebody bring me a Frappacino!

Keith said...

@lolololol-Hello Lisa ,how have you been?-lolol

Mizrepresent said...

Loved all of these Keith...knowledge and wisdom is empowering!

The Dreamy One said...

Amen!! I love that last one though!

Keith said...

Heyyy Dreamy...How ya been?




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