December 6, 2012

Wisdom from Maya Angelou

A friend of mine recently shared some words from Maya Angelou. And these words spoke to my soul. Maya was asked to reflect on her life and share what she's learned. Here's what she said:

"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."

Yes, yes, yes!


  1. Joy - I'm so happy I decided to check your blog this morning. What a wonderful way to start my day. --Susan

    1. Susan: I'm so glad you visited my blog and that you enjoyed the visit. Thanks for your kind words.

  2. Thank you for sharing this post, Joy! These words by Maya made me smile as I love her thoughtful and inspiring reflection.
    Didn't know the woman until I read this post, so I'll do some 'research' now.
    Have a happy weekend!