Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Summer's End

School starts tomorrow;  the beginning of Maddie's junior year. As the summer comes to a close my thoughts turn to how fast time goes by and how much I am not ready for certain passages. There's nothing we can do to slow down the pace of time, but we can start today making sure that we're making a life and not just watching it pass us by. I found this quote from Maya Angelou that really puts my state of mind in better words than I ever could.

"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."

~ Maya Angelou

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