Here is what Oprah Winfrey posted to Facebook today.
Look at that! Look at those numbers! So many people were uplifted and inspired by quotes today because of one person! So great, right? Words! They make a difference and thus affect our actions or state of mind.
I’ve always been a quote lover. Throughout both high school and college, I carried blank journal books around with me so that I could write in any thing I read that was meaningful in any way to me. I also wrote in anything that anyone said to me that I felt had meaning or that I simply wanted to remember. I have so many of those books. I never really knew why I did it. It was just “a thing I did”. Today I keep my quotes/poems/sayings I enjoy in my notes on my iPad. I read and refer back to them whenever I need or want to.
One of the most meaningful things to me that Oprah said constantly on her show was, “When you know better, you do better.” I think Maya Angelou said that to her. So simple, so true. I miss her show.
I am including my favorite poem/long quote that my favorite Spanish teacher, Señorita Knudson (I wish I could find her!) gave to me at the end of my sophomore year of high school. I give it to my students now when they graduate after their nine long years in my class. It is also listed in the “About me” section of this blog. I think it sums up who I am.
Bits and pieces, bits and pieces.
People. People important to you, People unimportant to you cross your life, touch it with love and move on. There are people who leave you and you breathe a sigh of relief and wonder why you ever came into contact with them. There are people who leave you, and you breathe a sigh of remorse and wonder why they had to go and leave such a gaping hole. Children leave parents, friends leave friends. Acquaintances move on. People change homes. People grow apart. Enemies hate and move on. Friends love and move on. You think of the many people who have moved in and out of your hazy memory. You look at those present and wonder. I believe it is all part of a master plan. We move people in and out of each other’s lives, and each leaves his mark on the other. You find you are made up of bits and pieces of all who have ever touched your life. You are more because of them, and would be less if they had not touched you. Pray that you accept the bits and pieces in humility and wonder, and never question and never regret.
Bit’s and pieces, bits and pieces.