“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.” R.I.P Maya Angelou
Saddened by the news of Maya Angelou’s passing. A brilliant woman who contributed so much to the world. With her death we lose the immense wisdom of the celebrated African American author, poet and civil activist. She penned more than 30 books, won numerous awards, and was honored last year by the National Book Awards for her service to the literary community.
Here are some of her quotes which inspired me:
Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
Nothing will work unless you do.
It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay — and rise!
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness .. But like air, still I rise