In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.
Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.
And, there on television, she said it was “exciting.” Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day…like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.
The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words!
Maya Angelou said this:
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 throw some things 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.”
I have read this before, but today as I read it I thought of it as something I want to teach my children.
I love the last one. I think of that in terms of my kids. They will probably forget all the times I lost it (or it will be a blur), they will forget all the THINGS I DO but I am sure that if they are made to FEEL so LOVED and CHERISHED they won’t forget that! You can’t forget that. Think of the people that have made an impact on you, or your life…it is likely how they made you feel.
Of all my children, Josh is THE MOMMA’S BOY. He just loves me. Now I realize that he is 3 and by the time he is 13 he will know doubt hate me. But he makes me feel so loved. Despite the annoyance of being smothered, I have to admit that I love it.
I love how it makes me feel… so needed, wanted and cherished… I know that no one can fill that need but me. (Sorry Sanj)!