Don't Break the Elastic - Maya Angelou
I watch with interest how people behave and respond in certain situations. Trivial things can often send people into a tail spin. It may just be me but I see more and more people ‘flare up’ over what in reality is a small thing. I see this within my own family and it is such a waste of energy and it creates atmospheres that are less than ideal. Holistic Doctors will also tell you that getting ‘whipped-up’ and worrying about little things can in fact be injurious to your health. At the end of the day is it an earth shattering event that the remote control doesn’t work first time? This is just an example of what some people ‘fly-off’ about.
The same applies in business. We spend a lot of time debating and arguing over small insignificant issues whilst often bigger opportunities pass us by. I wonder if we are sometimes too polite. Perhaps we need to be more focused on closing some of the wheeling spinning down quickly. This leads me to the following, which has been doing the rounds recently.
I love the thoughts she lives by!!!
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. She 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 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..'
In closing this reminds me a wonderful quote from W.Clement Stone.
‘Direct your thoughts,
Control your emotions
Ordain your destiny’