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At 44, here are 44 things that I have learned and know to be true. Have a great day today my friends.

1. Yes, God is real.

2. Your gift can make room for you.

3. A baby can heal broken hearts.

4. A mother's love is stronger than distance, more powerful than time and can transcend the grave.

5. Take time to smell the roses but be careful of the bees.

6. God will really make your enemy your footstool.

7. A footstool is only needed when you need to get higher. Let your enemy lift you.

8. God will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies so let them watch you eat.

9. Be careful what you say, life and death truly are in your own words.

10. There will be rough nights but joy really does come in the morning.

11. Fear is a sprit that really can stop you from living.

12. God has not given us a spirit of fear.

13. The joy of The Lord really is strength.

14. Being alone doesn't necessarily mean that you're lonely.

15. True love can come more than once.

16. Let go and love with the same amount of might.

17. Life is short but heartache is shorter.

18. Don't share your dreams with everyone and don't be angry with non-dreamers.

19. It takes a while to build a dream.

20. The dream will outlive the dreamer so dream big.

21 If you lie to yourself you will lie to God too.

22. Live where you are so God can meet you at your needs.

23. Never wish to be somebody else.

24. The grass may be greener on the other side but the the water bill is higher.

25. Don't let people change who you are just be who you are with someone else.

26. Heartbreak can make you hard! But don't let it make you bitter.

27. Bitterness is as toxic as stage 4 cancer.

28. While the most dangerous person in the world is a person with nothing to lose, the most powerful person in the world is a person with nothing to prove.

29. Don't try to be seen, God may be hiding you on purpose.

30. Your beginning never dictates your destination.

31. The will to live is as strong as the will to love and be loved.

32. You really will reap what you sow.

33. You can learn something from everything and everybody, especially the elderly.

34. Childrens' laughter is like medicine to sadness.

35. Prayer really can change things.

36. If it had not been for The Lord on my side I don't know where I would be.

37. Who you are at 20 will not be who you are at 40 and if it is, SOMETHING IS WRONG!

38. You give away your power when you don't forgive.

39. Always aim for right and avoid doing wrong at all costs.

40. Never argue with what is.

41. Teach but never try to change people because sometimes they change back.

42. Share wisdom with those who will receive it.

43. Be aware of the darkness but your focus should always be the light.

44. Nothing is impossible for God.

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  • Tameka Rahming Bahamas

    Thank u they were very encouraging, but u miss number 16. Happy Birthday and may God continue to bless u, so u can be a blessing to others.

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  • Charles St. Louis, Missouri

    Tyler, What a great list of life lessons! Thank you for sharing. Each has a message that connects with me, but I find #2 particularly relevant as I manage through some professional challenges at the moment. But upon receiving your message just now, I am inspired to do as you say here, remembering my gift is real and proven. This is no time to settle; I have much more I can do and accomplish. And with the recent passing of Patti Webster, one of the best in the field of public relations, a profession I share, I am reminded that the pursuit of excellence in my career is in my blood and essential to who I am. And it's clearer now thanks to your message. I continue to thank you for the ways, big and small, you inspire me and so many others. Your lessons are our lessons, which means that you are a teacher. And these lessons are ones that millions of us look forward to, and pass on.

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    • TheWaterBarer #1874748

      Internalizing my emotions was once a way of life. Suppressing my emotions were always a lot easier then dealing with them. SMH. I knew there was a reason I was avoiding you...see what you're making me do...I don't understand why here, why now and why with you, but thank you Lord...snh

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  • The Quiet One Hattiesburg, Ms

    Amen...Happy Birthday:)

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    • R. Acworth, GA #1874695

      AMEN. Happy Birthday.

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    • Khandyss Renee' Decatur #1874800

      Happy Blessed Day Pastor Perry! You are truly a sent man of God and I am so proud of you. I did not know about you until maybe your third of fourth play but every since then I have supported and prayed for you almost everyday...keyword almost lol! Enjoy your day and keep that big beautiful smile on your face, don't eat to much birthday cake and if nothing else keep it one hun-net!

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    • Stephanie Mathurin Saint Lucia #1874861

      Happy Birthday Tyler and thanks for this inspirational list. Just to note I am 45, so I added 45 to the list and printed it for daily revision. Thanks for being a blessing so we all could to be blessings to others.

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