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January 12, 2010

Another round-robin e-mail for you today.  Another one that I just couldn’t pass up.  When I saw the subject was Maya Angelou, I knew I would end up putting it on the blog, before I even read it.  Maya Angelou has been a heroine of mine ever since I first read some of her poetry, aged about 14.  I fell in love with her humour, her depth of feeling, her use of language.  Through her poetry, I connected with her in a way I rarely connected with anyone at that stage in my life.  Never a poetry fan, I suddenly found myself lost in her lyrical take on life in the same way I was usually lost in a novel.  The poem that profoundly changed my life was ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’.  I felt as if she was talking to me – as if she had managed to give me a voice.  We may have been coming from completely different contexts, different worlds, but I could claim that poem for my life.  If you have never read any of her work, I urge you to find something and read it.  Google it if you have to.  She will speak to you in a way very few writers ever manage.

Anyway, back to the e-mail.  This is what I received:

In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.  Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older.  And, there on television, she said it was “exciting”.  Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring every day…….like her breasts.  They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist first!

The audience laughed so hard they cried.  Maya Angelou is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words.

Maya Angelou said this:

“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 people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn”.

What have you learned today?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. mum permalink
    January 12, 2010 22:37

    Knew you’d like it!xx

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