Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Wisdom of Maya Angelou

Words to live by, from Maya Angelou. Many are things you have no doubt heard before, but I find that sometimes it can be motivating to really read - think about - and apply - these sayings. I really try to be intentional and deliberate in the way I live, in the choices I make. I screw up a lot, I forget a lot, I have a ways to go. Reading lists like this one help get me back on track.

  • 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.


shawn said...

Sometime you just need to read that list over again. It makes you really put things into perspective. Makes you really think about what is important in live....

Mark and Carla said...

The last one, especially, is the most important one, imho.

A Peterson Family Member said...

the last one is the one that has been stuck in my mind all week ...

I have many memories of people in the past where the strongest and overriding thoughts I have of them are based on how they made me feel.

It's powerfully true.

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