Word for word. I love this.

I often put quotes up that I enjoy, or that made me think, or just smile, but when I discovered this one from Maya Angelou I felt I needed to give it an introduction. I just adore it. Every words rings true and the sentence about rainy days and lost luggage is simply perfect – so accurate yet also so heart warming. If i remember only two things it will be this sentence plus the final one.

In fact, wonderful quote aside, Maya is an amazing woman,she’s an all round artist and inspiration. She writes novels and poetry, produces films and speaks out about all kind of things. She’s been on two presidential committees and one of her first scripts was the first script ever written by an African American woman to be filmed. Even President Clinton loved her so much he requested that she personally  composed a poem to read at his inauguration in 1993 and it was broadcast live around the world.  Her words cross boundaries and touch people everywhere, and always with a touch of charm, energy and truth.  Generally a very impressive woman indeed.  You can read more about her here and you won’t help but be wowed – she has received over 30 honorary degrees in her time!

So introduction done, now ladies read on…..

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou

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  1. I saw her once at a speaking engagement and she was very powerful! Excellent choice!

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