“I don’t know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, ‘Well, if I’d known better I’d have done better,’ that’s all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, ‘I’m sorry,’ and then you say to yourself, ‘I’m sorry.’ If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that’s rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.”
~~ Maya Angelou
10 Most Important Things…
The Special Feeling That Makes You Feel
All Warm And Wonderful.
Treating Others As Well As You Would Like To Be Treated.
To Be Grateful For All The Good Things Life Has To Offer.
The Full Enjoyment Of Each Moment. A Smiling Face.
The Ability To Let Things Be Without Anger.
The Joy Of Giving Without Thought Of Receiving.
The Quality Of Always Telling The Truth.
The Purity Of Doing What’s Right, No Matter What.
The Essence Of Feeling Another’s Pain, While Easing Their Hurt.
The Reward For Living The 10 Most Important Things.