What I’ve Learned

Perhaps I’m on a quest for wisdom these days, although I think many of us are, even though we may not openly acknowledge it or even recognize it. Who knows, maybe this is something that comes with the aging process. Aging? Who the heck said aging?

Love this quote by Maya Angelou and wanted to share it. This woman truly know how to express herself. I hope you find a few nuggets here as well.

“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.”
— Maya Angelou

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  1. catchats

     /  June 8, 2011

    Wonderful quote, Laura. Maya Angelou is so wise.

  2. I think we all learn wisdom in our own time but not many can express so well as Angelou. great words. of cause it’s easier to read them than to follow them.

  3. I love Maya’s wisdom. It’s been a long time since I’ve read this passage. Thanks for the reminder, Laura. Right now I need it.

    • I think many of us have read this before which speaks for itself. To have so many be familiar with our words would be an author’s dream come true, wouldn’t it?

  4. Yes, thank you for sharing. It has been awhile since I read this, but I think it needs to be where I can see it more often. Christmas lights–Bah Humbug! lol

  5. syr ruus

     /  June 8, 2011

    Maya Angelou wisdom is GOOD, girl.

  6. Tangled Christmas tree lights. Each year I wind them so carefully and neatly. Doesn’t matter for next year I wind up cursing and screaming at such a pitch I can feel the capillaries bursting in my head. For somethings I have said in this rage, I don’t think Jesus or Santa will forgive me. CHRISTMAS LIGHTS, GRRRRR.

    • Be careful, Carl. You’re telling on yourself. How are you with rainy days? Lost luggage?

      • Mailman coming after 4:00 PM another flip out. I have to cool down but the whole world is incompetent and I’m eating blood pressure pills like M&Ms. I have not flown since 1985 because of the luggage thing and if you live in Miami, well you just learn to think of rain as a free car wash.

  7. I love Maya Angelou. You are finding some great nuggets of wisdom these days Laura!

    • Yes, Maya Angelou is so very wise. We are soi fortunate to have such people walking the earth and sharing their wisdom.

  8. “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.”

    A rainy day is much needed right now, lots of fires – so I’ll let that one slide. Lost luggage – I try to limit myself to carry on & buy what I need when I get where I’m goin’, Christmas lights – I’m rarely home – haven’t put any up for years. (I think for the last 4 years we’ve actually arrived home on Christmas Eve.)

    And Carl – this Miami traffic (not to mention the idiotic Miami drivers) is enough to push the blood pressure to stroke levels.

    • A Miami guy? Been here since 1954, mostly in North Miami. Now at Point East, just east Bisc Blvd and 178th. Aventura.

      • Actually, Carl, I’m a St Augustine guy. I split time between there (real home) & Las Olas – just off the Riverwalk near Sailboat Bend – while working in Miami.

    • Sounds to me that by those three things I’d say you like your world uncomplicated, Dave. Many of us profess to wanting simplicity, but we don’t put it into practice.

      Oh and Dave meet Carl, Carl meet Dave. :)

  9. For me, it’s really important that I’m always learning something…


  10. The day we stop learning is the day we die… or so I’ve read. The older I get the more I realize I have yet to learn, so I think I must be going to live a very long time! Many of Maya Angelou’s tidbits of wisdom are well worth remembering. Thanks for this.

  11. Gone are those years , Carol, when we thought we knew it all. Of course we were young and had much more to learn than we ever recognized. I love Maya Angelou’s wisdom. There is always something for us to gain by reading what this woman has to say.


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