Maya Angelou

Most of us probably only know selected lines from this poem by Maya Angelou (RIP)… I couldn’t help say a silent ‘right????!!!!’ to myself at every line. She spoke so much truth! She learned, and so have I..

I’ve learned…… – Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014)
  1. I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
  2. 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.
  3. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
  4. I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life.
  5. I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
  6. 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…
  7. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
  8. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
  9. 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…
  10. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn…
  11. 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 decided to number the ‘lessons’ so that I can make reference easily…I thought I could pick out a favourite but there’s no such thing.  She didn’t lie at #2…insert laugh. We all know how we handle those…tangled earphones perhaps?

I carried out an experiment one day..along the lines of #9….I randomly high-fived the random people I met along the street that evening…..their reactions were priceless. I saw some of the most genuine smiles from the heart that day. The waitress at the restaurant, I could swear she was going to still be smiling when I saw her next. 🙂

Maya Angelou learned…..may we also learn.

Maya Angelou


7 Replies to “Maya Angelou”

  1. first time i heard this poem, dtsv ad, i always paid very keen attention to every line coz this poem made so much sense in its simplicity..and it has so much warmth with every line…i’d say that to live by those lines wouldn’t be a bad thing…be happy, share happiness!..thank you for scribbling it down for me.

    1. Lights….usually when I fail, I just get angry and leave them! lol. Earphones are a daily occurrence, I need a special kind of grace and patience when I’m de-tangling my earphones. #11, so true! 🙂

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