When you get, give. When you learn, teach.

I’ve been enjoying the heavy traffic lately.

Yes, you heard right.

Here’s why driving in bumper-to-bumper no longer troubles me:
• This. I’ve been passing the time with this. A two-part podcast conversation between Oprah and Maya Angelou.

In it, Maya shares advice she was given (among other amazing pieces of her life): “When you get, give. When you learn, teach.”

Think about that as a life philosophy. And how many countless choices we could be making to honor that mantra every day. And, what a beautiful connection we could create with humanity.

When I got to Part 2 of this podcast, I almost hit the car in front of me when she mentions a poem she wrote called Alone and then murmers a few lines.

Based on what I learned about Maya, I think she’d approve of this blog as a landing place for all of us who realize life is better when we decide to do it together. Whether giving or getting…learning or teaching. Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone.


  1. WOW! What a coincidence! Since late last year, I began to rely on new friends (and old trusted ones for that matter) to carry-on with life. I guess that I now finally understand why the 40’s are called a mid-life crisis. It’s like a rediscovery of yourself and what you may need is not what you thought. Thank God for these human angels that surround and God for opening my heart and mind to listen to them. No more need to always be the strong one providing support to others. It’s okay to rely on each other, and more frequently than what we may want to admit.

    1. And, what a gift it is to have made space for new friends. I feel another lesson of this year (which I will probably write about in a future post) is learning to ask for help. Wow, that has been hard. Yet, it’s been so rewarding and I’ve learned that people actually don’t mind helping. Who knew?!

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