Maya Angelou is one of my very favorite writers. She and Robert Frost are my two favorite poets, for sure. I have seen Dr. Angelou in person twice and she knocked my socks off both times. She has lived life to the fullest and she has learned a lot along the way. Here are some of her observations with my thoughts sprinkled in here and there:
What I've learned....
By Maya Angelou
"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 don't know this first hand, but I have witnessed it.)
"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."
(this I know for sure)
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." (love the baseball metaphor...and yes, there are things and people that I have thrown back in my life)
"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."
(it never fails...listen to your heart. I have had to learn to listen to mine and it is always right)
"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."
(Those who know me well know that I tend to deal with my own pain very silently and this is very intentional)
"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 "
(It is also amazing how powerful a simple, unexpected smile from a stranger is)
"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."