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Don't forget to appreciate your family and friends

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 5, 2001

Life is a journey, a long and winding road filled with beautiful vistas and unforeseen twists. If you are paying attention to the big picture and are not just focusing on your own day-to-day pain and glory, many of life's lessons reveal themselves. If you have ever said, "If I knew then what I know now," you have just learned one of the lessons of life.

The Citrus Times is asking people around Citrus County what they have learned about life, and each week we will share their wisdom.

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Harry Mellett, 77 years young, was born in Woodstock, N.H. He worked for 35 years as an upholsterer in Stoneham, Mass., and retired to Dunedin in 1982. He has been in the Rotary Club for 45 years. A widower after 35 years of marriage and again after 18 years, he has been married to Marilyn for more than two years.

Marilyn Mellett, 69, was born in Marblehead, Mass., and moved to Dunedin in 1957. She retired from GTE after 23 years. Marilyn was widowed after 46 years of marriage and married Harry in 1998.

Here is what life has taught Harry:

The best way to succeed is to be honest and only promise what you can deliver both as a citizen and businessman.

Greed will make money for you but not friends, without whom it is difficult to have a full and happy life.

Nothing is as precious as a happy smile exchanged.

Success is five grown children who still like you as well as love you.

Here is what life has taught Marilyn:

First and foremost, life is precious and short, and the older you get, the faster the days, months and years fly by.

As I grow older, I appreciate the little things such as a beautiful sunset shared with a loved one, a warm, sunny day, leaves changing on the New England trees, a rainbow, the smile of a loved one, sharing a cup of coffee with the man in your life, hearing those "three little words," dancing and being able to laugh at yourself and hearing laughter from others.

Lastly, never take yourself too seriously.

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