Saturday, August 11, 2007

Another Inspiration

I got this from a friend of mine.

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 her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first.

The audience laughed so hard they cried. She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words! (Comment: I laughed and cried too. I know my body is not as fit and perfect as when I was in my twenties – size 2 to 6, due to additional 10 kgs of work load and contentment – but I love and grateful for every ounce and inch of it.)

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." (Comment: Agree!)

"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." (Comment: True, I guess.)

"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life." (Comment: Agree! I missed them so much when I was away studying in the US, or working in Japan and Canada. Sometimes, I wonder how they can be so annoying and yet I miss them.)

"I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'." (Comment: Agree! I guess I’m still making a living and not yet making a life.)

"I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance." (Comment: True.)

"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." (Comment: Life is wonderful because you give your best for others without thinking to get something in return.)

"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision." (Comment: Yes, true. It happened couple times.)

"I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one." (Comment: Couldn’t agree more.)

"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." (Comment: True! Life is a never ending journey for learning.)

"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." (Comment: True! I still keep the framed picture a student gave to me when I was a teaching assistant in Oklahoma State University. (It is about two cupped hands, praying and blessing.) She was a single mother with two kids who said that I inspired her to keep on going despite her life’s challenges. Until now I didn’t know what it was in me that inspired her.)

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