Sunday, January 25, 2015

“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.” 

     Who makes you feel like a million dollars? How do they do that? Do they ask you questions? give you compliments? listen attentively? do nice things for you? 

     Maya Angelou was a very wise woman. She recognized that we may be the most accomplished person in our field, the most talented player on the team, the most beautiful woman in the pageant, but what people will remember about us is how we made them feel.

     Think about the people who make you feel that way, and ask yourself what about them you could emulate. They probably didn’t need credit, didn’t covet attention, didn’t look for paybacks--they just genuinely cared and showed it in their own unique way. Some of us have a knack for giving the gracious compliment; others feel awkward. Some of us love to do nice things for others with no strings; others don’t know how to give without expecting something in return. Some of us are genuinely interested in others and have ways of showing our interest through facial expression, body language or maybe feeding back what we said at a later date; others are simply not that interested. 

The tears that fall at a funeral are not for the person who made the best pie, ran the fastest mile or earned the best grades. The tears that fall at a funeral  are for those unique individuals who know how to make others find the best in themselves because they have found the best in themselves.