I was sad to learn of Dr. Maya Angelou’s passing yesterday, as I am sure many, many others were as well. She was truly
an inspiration to all, but especially for women. With the publication of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. It’s for that reason that I admired her most. Anyone willing to share the very essence of their soul to the world-it takes great courage. I respect that courage.
All too often I lead with my heart. I’ve heard from friends for years that I shouldn’t do that. But I have to speak
from my heart. Dr. Angelou did that and I guess I could say she is my role model for taking that risk. It seemed
to work out okay for her. God only knows where it will lead me, but I hope that my stories, my life, will be an
encouragement to other’s along the way. I certainly know that Dr. Angelou has helped many of us by speaking from
her heart and she will be missed. ~rj
Hear today’s Warm and Fuzzy here!
When Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her show for Dr. Angelou’s 74th birthday, Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. Dr. Angelou shared this advice:
“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.”
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