I’ve Learned… (Quote from Maya Angelou)

I’ve Learned… (Quote from Maya Angelou)

I've Learned, Maya Angelou Quote

“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 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.”

by Maya Angelou

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  1. Dilys 3 years ago

    Thank you Polly for sharing those wise words! I heartily agree with them all now I have a bigger perspective on life.
    I was blessed with wonderful parents who always looked for the good in every circumstance they found themselves in. They met during World War II; my Dad was a Dunkirk survivor and being a good swimmer, he left everything on the beach and swum out to board one of the big ships, moored in the bay. He was 21! He always made light of his war experiences and taught us to always make the best of things. He also taught us to swim!
    My husband lost his suitcase on one of our trips, so we shopped for essentials to tied him over till it arrived 24 hour’s late! And bless him he is the most patient of people when untangling anything! A rainy day wouldn’t faze him, we get out board games or a jigsaw!
    I’ve learned always to compliment people when something is good, even strangers I meet, and a smile goes a long way!
    Have a great day, it’s sunny in the U.K. x

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      Polly Castor 3 years ago

      Attitude certainly goes a long way! And I especially love the last line of the quote. I certainly remember how you make ME feel! I love hearing from you. ❤️

      • Dilys 3 years ago

        Thanks, Polly! Your zest for the good things in life makes me feel happy too!
        My daughter doesn’t remember much about one of her Grandpas as he passed away when she was quite young, but she remembers being with him made her happy. The quote reminded me she said that and I remember it when I interact with my grandchildren!

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          Polly Castor 3 years ago


  2. Kate Gibson Oswald 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this wisdom from Maya. Most people would relate to her direct style and relatable examples- so practical and confirming. This is a perfect Christmas week offering Polly. So kind. Happy Christmas to you and the family.

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      Polly Castor 3 years ago

      Happy Christmas to you too!

  3. Mary Beth Williams 3 years ago

    This is one of my favorites. Thanks sweetie for posting. Merry Christmas 🎄🦌❄️

    Mary Beth

  4. LOREE A. OGAN 3 years ago

    I’m good on the first two challenges but not so good on the Christmas Lights! Thanks for posting it and making me laugh.

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