Positive Quote: “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” and “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – both by Maya Angelou
I smile when I read these two quotes.
To me being a rainbow in someone’s cloud means bringing a smile and positivity with you as you interact with others. It is in the knowing that not everyone’s bad mood, frustration, or how they are feeling may have absolutely nothing to do with you.
As for the quote on the three things…. I’ll share with you how I handle each one.
- Rainy days – if I am at home and not at work, with no plans or place to be… I like to sit out or walk out in the rain, smelling it and touching it. If I have places to be, I run like crazy and try not to get wet all while hoping the roads are drivable. If I am at work, I look out the window to see how the rain is falling; it is not always straight down.
- Lost luggage – For about 99% of all trips I take, I do carry-on luggage. If I have to check my bag, I make sure my carry on has enough to hold me over if my luggage is lost.
- Christmas tree lights – I spend maybe a little under 5 minutes trying to untangle them. If I can’t, I ask someone else to try to untangle them. If they can’t, I throw them away and use other ones.
I wonder what this says about me. I’ll have to think about it some more.
I want to, in a small way, celebrate the life of Maya Angelou who passed away yesterday and whose quotes I have used in my personal blog many a time. I relate to her and find Maya to be a strong role model for me personally as we both were molested at a young age and I believe we both have overcome it and used the experience to be better and grow. She is so much more than I am yet, I do aspire to be able to touch lives in a positive way and be remembered not for the job I did, but for the lives I have touched.
A couple of facts on May from Wikipedia: “In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton becoming the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961… In June 1995, she delivered what was called her “second ‘public’ poem”, entitled “A Brave and Startling Truth“, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.”
Have a wonderful Thursday and let’s all be a rainbow for someone today.
I’ll be out of the office on Friday and Monday, I’ll look forward to my next blog on Tuesday in June.