Life Is Short, So Lighten Up!

Maya Angelou

Courtesy, William J. Clinton Presidential Library

Maya Angelou appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show recently and said, “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he or she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.”  Maya is right on the money.  If you can negotiate events like this with a smile on your face, then you’re the kind of person who is getting the most out of life.  Losing your temper when an airline loses your luggage is the easy thing to do, but it solves nothing–it ruins your day, the days of those around you and it makes you look like an immature idiot!  So, do yourself a favor.  The next time an airline loses your luggage or you’re confronted with a huge ball of tangled Christmas tree lights, lighten up–take a deep breath and say to yourself, “This is the stuff that memories are made of,” and enjoy the ride.  Your life will be much richer if you do.

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