Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 30 comments

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“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.” ~ Maya Angelou

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Writer Dad August 24, 2008 at 11:03 am

That is a beautiful quote, Lance. Thank you.

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Cath Lawson August 24, 2008 at 11:32 am

Hi Lance – I love searching for quotes online and that’s a wonderful one. And it’s so true isn’t it? Thank you.

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Dr. Cason August 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm

They say that’s why people stray from their relationships. It’s the way the other person made them feel.

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Meribeth August 24, 2008 at 4:46 pm

Everything that comes from this lady is beautiful and so truthful!

Thanks for the reminder….

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Bobbi August 24, 2008 at 5:14 pm

I love this quote, and today it reminded me about so much!

Bobbis last blog post..The Practicality of a Women


MizFit August 24, 2008 at 6:00 pm

here’s hoping huh?
I try and lead my life DO UNTO OTHERS.
I may never have a brimming bank acct or get that book written but…

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Lanceman August 24, 2008 at 9:07 pm

@Writer Dad – Your welcome.

@Cath – This is so true – but easy to forget.

@Dr. Cason – Yes, feelings really are important – again, we have to remember that (I know I could do better).

@Meribeth – Your welcome.

@Bobbi – This is a wonderful quote, isn’t it!

@MizFit – …but if you are able to leave people with a favorable impression of you because of the way you made them feel – you have succeeded. No matter what your bank account says, or how many initials you have after your name, or whatever else society sees as success.


Kelly@SHE-POWER August 25, 2008 at 12:37 am


Love this one and I really find it so true. That’s why fostering my relationships is a great priority in my life. The connection we have with others is so often the best thing in our lives.


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Barbara Swafford August 25, 2008 at 2:29 am

Hi Lance,

When I was reading the quote, it reminded me of how important it is to be kind to others, as they’re people too, with real feelings. It’s not just about “us”, is it?

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Lanceman August 25, 2008 at 5:00 am

@Kelly – Fostering relationships — that is so well said. And something I wish I’d do better at. It really is the best thing we have – our connection with others. When do I feel most alive – when I’ve really connected with someone else in a very meaningful way.

@Barbara – Right, it’s not just about us. Even though we sure think that sometimes. Kindness to others is a real gift that anyone can give freely – but only if we’ll allow ourselves to see the good in others. Thanks for sharing that thought, it makes so much sense when I read it.


Robin August 25, 2008 at 8:21 am

Hi Lance – I really like this! So true!


Mark Salinas August 25, 2008 at 9:58 am

Fabulous quote! This one is going into my folder. Thanks!

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Marelisa August 25, 2008 at 10:09 am

Be kind and pleasure-bearing, that’s what I get from this quote. There are people who light up a room when they walk in, whereas others are like dark storm clouds. The good news is that with some work everyone can create more light. Beautiful quote.

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Evelyn Lim August 25, 2008 at 10:19 am

Wow….I’ve not read this quote before. It’s so true!

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rebecca August 25, 2008 at 11:26 am

wise words from a wise woman. the basis of why people fall in love with others, because of the “feeling” experienced when with them.

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Stacey / CreateaBalance August 25, 2008 at 11:33 am

This is one of my favorite quotes. Hmmm… I wonder how my words and art make other people feel?

Stacey / CreateaBalances last blog post..The Power of Accountability


Stacey August 25, 2008 at 11:48 am

This is so true, which is why I’ve based my business on an “experience”. I get so much pleasure sharing information, but it’s the experience that makes people feel good and I love being able to provide that. This quote is a nice reminder that we are not alone here and we can make a difference.


Lanceman August 25, 2008 at 1:45 pm

@Robin – Thanks! This really is true – she is a wise woman.

@Mark – Yes, this really is a keeper – there’s a lot of wisdom in these words.

@Marelisa – Yes, I agree. There are certain people who just have a way about them – they always make you feel good. And these are the people I love to be around. And, yes, we can all create light – no matter what our past circumstances have been.

@Evelyn – Yes, this is a great quote.

@Rebecca – She is a very wise woman – and like you said, feelings are very important. I can learn much from reading this over and over.

@Stacey/CreataBalance – I really like this one too. It was new to me before yesterday. Yes, how do we make people feel with what we say and do? This is something we should think more about.

@Stacey – I love that – “it’s the experience that makes people feel good”! Our lives are a series of experiences, some of those good and some not so good. Those that are positive experiences make us feel good. And that’s what we want to come back to. Being that your business is based on an experience is awesome! Being able to provide an experience for others that makes them feel good (or great) is a wonderful life mission.


Davina August 25, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Yes, yes, yes! Love this one Lance. Feeling go deep don’t they? Thanks for sharing this quote; I will save it in my collection.

Davinas last blog post..Does Misery Really Love Company?


Bamboo Forest August 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm

This is a valid point.

But what we say to them can often effect how they feel.

So we must really master our tongue!


Ellen Wilson August 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm

Hi Lance,

I like Maya Angelou. One of these days I will read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

This quote is so true. We should all be kind to each other I think.

Ellen Wilsons last blog post..Freelance Business Burnout


Vered August 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm

It’s true! I think that with our loved ones especially, what we take from the relationship is how they make us feel.

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CG Walters August 25, 2008 at 5:08 pm

What a wonderful choice, Lance! Thank you.
The truth of Maya’s statement is so precise. After all, life is experience/emotion, not an abstract concept.
..this is a reminder to me to focus more on my novels.
Many blessings to you and your dear ones,

CG Walterss last blog post..Better Than Sitting Around the House Doing Nothing


meleah rebeccah August 25, 2008 at 8:30 pm

THAT is The Best Quote EVER

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chris August 25, 2008 at 9:31 pm

As an educator, I’m always mindful of this fact. People can be cruel sometimes but they are also times when they can make you soar like an eagle. I’d like to think i’m the latter when it comes to dealing with my students and my own children.


Lanceman August 25, 2008 at 10:11 pm

@Davina – Feelings do go deep. And it’s important for us to remember that. It’s important for me to remember that. Daily.

@Bamboo Forest – That’s a great point – mastering our tongue. It’s our mouth that can easily get us in trouble, or cause hurt feelings. It’s a great point, and one that takes much effort on our part to think about the other person first. To remember they are just like us, with feelings, and desires. And that we can hurt them easily with our words if we are not careful.

@Ellen – Thank you for sharing about her book, I didn’t know about it. I’m sure it would be a great read about a very wise woman!

@Vered – That’s true, we do take from the relationship how they make us feel. And sometimes, I think these are the people we sometimes can hurt the most with our words. It’s a great reminder that our loved ones relationships are fragile, just like each of us. We are all easily bruised by hurt feelings.

@CG Walters – Your welcome! Life really is our experiences and the emotions we feel.

@Meleah – Thanks, it really is great!

@Chris – Right, people can be cruel or nice. I choose nice. Soaring like an eagle – what an awesome way to look at it. I’m sure you are making your students and your children soar!


Rachel September 19, 2008 at 8:44 pm

LOL Ok this is the last post on my reader from you and I just quoted this in the comment section of one of your more recent posts. I guess great minds think alike. 🙂

Rachels last blog post..China’s Tainted Infant Formula


Lance September 19, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Rachel – OK, I don’t know if that’s strange, or karma, or great minds thinking alike (I’ll go with great minds thinking alike!!). That is pretty wild! Of all the things you could have said….


Rachel September 22, 2008 at 9:03 pm

LOL I know it is wild!

Rachels last blog post..China’s Tainted Infant Formula


scheng1 March 2, 2010 at 8:51 am

Very true. I still remember the teacher who caused half the class to fail the Maths examination years ago.
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