Enlightened Perspective

by Andy Rooney

I’ve learned…  That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned…  That when you’re in love, it shows.

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

I’ve learned…  That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned…  That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned…  That you should never say no to a gift from a child.

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

I’ve learned…  That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned…  That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to understand.

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

I’ve learned…  That life is like a roll of toilet paper.  The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

I’ve learned…  That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned…  That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned…  That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

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

I’ve learned…  That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned…  That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned…  That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned…  That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned…  That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I’ve learned…  That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I’ve learned…  That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve learned…  That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned…  That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned…  That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned…  That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

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

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

I’ve learned….  That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.


I think a friend’s satelite crashed into the ocean early this morning.

USA Today Story


Yesterday was a unique day. It made me think of a friend named Scott who told his daughters that no matter what happened they are to finish the routine. About 5 weeks ago that was thrown out of the window when he saw one of his girls laying on the ground in tears. She was landed on by one of our girls after missing a tumbling trick during the routine and was in obvious pain. She stopped and was taken off the mat. That was nothing compared to yesterday.

I thought about this as I saw another of our girls laying on the competition floor yesterday. It was the first time in my cheerleading career that I’ve walked on the floor to tend to an injured athlete during a routine. Thinking about the difficulty I had watching her lay on the mat telling me she couldn’t feel her legs while squeezing my hand and asking what happened makes me feel for her mother. This is a girl that I’ve know for less than a year and it hurt. I can’t imagine what her mom was thinking as she heard her daughter say she couldn’t feel her legs. I think I was okay until I saw the pre-tear look on her mom’s face and knew there was nothing I could say or do to make her feel better. It hurt and it sucked. It’s one of those things you don’t forget, but wish you could.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

The Blame Game

I just read my second article about a 19 year old Florida college student who killed himself while broadcasting live on the internet. Condolences and sympathies aside, my frustration with these articles and some of the comments posted along the articles is the attempt to blame the internet site for his death. The internet did not kill this person. The website did not kill this person. This person tragically felt the need to remove himself from this world and chose to share his final acts with the world via the internet. I remember when similar circumstances the blame was pointed towards the method chosen, whether it be a gun or drug overdose, which was just as incorrect. The problem lies within the person and we need to figure out how to correct that. Banning the internet, guns, or drugs will not stop people from committing such acts, just change the methods used. Figuring out why people are doing this to themselves and helping them work through it is the direction we need to head.