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Things I've Learned

The Way I See It

September 16, 2012
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Now that I'm in the (gulp) 6th decade of my life, I think I've learned a few things. Not many, mind you but a few. Most of my learning experiences have come from mistakes. And several times I had to make the same mistake, er, many times before any learning actually took place. So here are some of the things I've learned after inhaling air for sixty years. These are some of the "good" things I learnedt growing up in Chelsea during the 50's and 60's.

It's better to sing badly and horribly off key than to not sing at all. The same goes for dancing and acting goofy from time to time.

The most valuable possession you have is "your reputation." It's not expensive to acquire one, but it does take time. Be fair, be honest, be trustworthy, be generous and always respect others.

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Cough syrup just doesn't work.

You can't win arguments with Police Officers or Referees, but sometimes you can fight City Hall.

It's never a shame to admit you don't know everything but often a shame when you think you do.

If people judge you by where you live, the car you drive or the shoes you wear....they're not worth having as friends anyway.

Your education isn't complete until you've learned to "take a hint."

Whatever you're passion is, pursue it as though your days are numbered. Because they are.

Grudges are absolute poison. The only antidote is letting them go.

The best self-esteem booster in the whole world is "WORK."

There are only two things necessary for a happy marriage; Letting your wife think she's getting her way and second, letting her have her own way.

Learning is great and necessary but actually doing is better.

Being kind is always more important than being right.

Life is like a roll of toilet paper--the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

Try as hard as you can never to leave a putt short. Putts short of the hole very seldom drop in is what I've been told.....many times!!

If your gonna spend something on your loved ones, make sure its "time." Because remember time/life is like toilet paper!!!!

That everyone, even that person no one likes, needs to be loved and appreciated.

You can make someone's day by telling them how precious, special and valuable and loved they are.

A good hug is great therapy.

That you should be careful what you say because those words may be hard to swallow tomorrow.

Ah, the same is true, and even perhaps more so, what you write on Facebook.

And finally, I've learned that everyone wants to live on the mountaintop of life but it's in the valley we grow stronger and that all happiness occurs in the climbing that mountain.

So, what have you learned? Let me know at or call me at 319-334-4117. Last week, it was my pet peeves I shared, this week what I week, it's John's Rules For Life. See ya then....have a great week.



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