Thursday, December 20, 2007

But Seriously: Words of Wisdom

Ok, I try to keep it light around here, but my friend Debbie sent me this, and I like it. It might be old hat, but it's new to me, and it's going on my wall.

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70th 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 her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first. The audience laughed so hard they cried.

Then 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 can personally vouch for this one.)

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 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."
Just a little something to think about as you celebrate your holidays.


  1. I can't believe you left off Merry Christmas by Shelly Duvall.....and you thought she was scary in "The Shining"

  2. I assume you're referring to an album, and it sounds wonderful. I will find it and add it.

  3. Will somebody punch her in the face? I'll do it if nobody else will!

  4. Does Maya owe you money, Steve?

  5. She just is a little too quick with the wisdom. And she owes the country an apology for that awful inaugural poem back in '93. Other than that I love her as deeply as the ocean. Maya Angelou is like a Sun Beam floating on the petals of a flower slowly descending to the earth on a breath of air which I, in my own turn, breath.

  6. You should all know that Steve is a new father, so he's not getting much sleep these days.



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