Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Perspective & Self Forgiveness

Today I learned the post office is releasing a "Forever" stamp in honor of Maya Angelou. She died less than a year ago, and on April 4th, she would have been 87 years old.

I keep a note from my mother on my desktop. One of her favorite quotes from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is about self forgiveness, "When I was young I did the best I could. As I grew older, I learned more and I did better." 
She also shared a collection of thoughts from one of Maya Angelou's interviews with Oprah, which I read when I need to gain perspective:

"I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life goes 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 three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

"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 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 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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