Hold on to that thought

I am been working very hard to maintain a healthy life balance in the mist of some hard changes lately, all of it outside of my control.   I have been seeking to focus on what is truly important and letting go of what is not.   I am spending more time on that which is under my control and not wasting time on things I can not change.   It hasn’t been without some push back by external forces and some feelings of guilt or not being enough on my part.   Yet in spite of it I feel I am moving forward in a good way, toward good things.     I have been reading lots of works by different folks, finding some inspiration, encouragement and jumping off points for reflection on life .  Maya Angelou is often quoted and this particular quote is often broken down and quoted in smaller bits and pieces.  Here is the complete quote   I want to share it with you because it has always been one of my favorites, and really rings true right now for me.

“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.”   Maya Angelou

This quote also reminds me that although at this moment if feels very much like it is all about me it isn’t.   I can ” be a rainbow in  somebody else’s cloud“, another great quote from Maya Angelou.

I hope that if you need it, this quote provides some inspiration or support to you, if not hold on to that thought it might come in helpful some time in the future.