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Tuesday, December 21, 2004 3:10 PM
Lessons From Maya
Kevin Salwen on Making a Difference

In this holiday season, I love to hear the voices of bright, feeling people. I might not always agree but I enjoy the thinking. These 'learnings' from Maya Angelou struck a chord:

-- 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.


Jozef Imrich - 12/23/2004 5:11:44 PM
I have learned that you can never have enough inspirational stories to read (smile)

May the well never dries out as the world needs to cross pollinate hope ...

Ironically, one can only experience hope by being around characters who know the meaning of suffering and endurance.
Kate - 12/21/2004 3:59:52 PM
Great lessons. Maya is an absolute master, in my book. I often think of what wrote about the only two responses you can have to a situation you don't like: 'change it, or change the way you think about it.'

By the way, I got her new cookbook as a birthday gift and it is incredible-stories woven with recipes that are enjoyable even if you never even think of attempting them at home.


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