This year the world lost one of my favourite people – Maya Angelou. She was an inspirational, wise, amazing, thought provoking leader. I have lived my life by many of her quotes, and poems, and have been inspired by her, to be of service with my life, and do good in the world. This is why I wrote my book – The Second Wives’ Guide, to be of service to the millions of second wives and stepmums, and show them, no matter how hard it gets, keep going, keep shining, and look for the good in people.
This is one of my favourite quotes from Maya Angelou:
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 mak- ing 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.
To be able to string these words together and make such a powerful inspirational speech like this one, is why Maya Angelou’s legacy will live on.
“Here’s to having one catcher’s mitt on, and throwing something back!!”