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Maya Angelou tallking to Oprah

25 Oct
We got this wonderful email, sharing the humor and wisdom of Maya Angelou, talking to Oprah on TV last April, about what it means for a 70-something woman to get older..
In April, Maya Angelou was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday really is a marvel who has led quite an interesting and exciting life.

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.

"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."
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award