Last week another brave and amazing woman finished her journey on earth. I will share thoughts on her and some of the things she’s said in future blog posts, but today I felt that the most appropriate way to honor Maya would be to share some of her words with you (if you have a favorite Maya Angelou quote that isn’t shared here I invite you to share it in the comments too).
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”
“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
“Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully.”
“Nothing will work unless you do.”
“While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.”
“What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.”
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
“Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.”