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Monday, June 16, 2014

A Mother's Wisdom

“I was fired from a job when I was sixteen years old and was devastated.  My entire personal worth was laid waste.  My mother found me crying in my upstairs room.  I told her what happened.  She sat down on my bed and took me in her arms.  ‘Fired? Fired!’ she laughed.  ‘What the hell is that? Nothing.  Tomorrow you’ll go looking for another job.  That’s all.’ She dabbed at my tears with her handkerchief.  ‘Remember, you were looking for a job when you found the one you just lost.  So you’ll just be looking for a job one more time.’  She laughed at her wisdom and my youthful consternation.  ‘And think about it, if you ever get fired again, the boss won’t be getting a cherry.  You’ve been through it once and survived.’”  Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing from My Journey, Random House, 1993, p. 80.


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