I have spent the last few hours reflecting on the life contributions of Maya Angelou...oh, not so much the formal recognition she's acquired internationally, but of her "words", those quickly said rhythmic songs of wisdom that only Maya Angelou could sing.
I've seen Dr. Maya Angelou speaking to a crowd, becoming "one" with an auditorium of strangers; and the smart ones knew when they walked in the doors, they would end up strangers no more. Her aura, her energy spoke to all: don't come up in here with an attitude of distance. We are all connected. All human beings. Forget your color, background and who you think you are...we are all connected by humanity.
I have learned lessons just by reading her words online. Sometimes, I didn't know where she was coming from, what was happening in her life to write as she did on Twitter. Now, as I re-read...it just makes sense. Writers who are wise, will always "carefully" affect the people who read their words. Writers who are honest, will always inspire honesty. Writers who are proud, will always encourage their readers to be proud. You ARE what you READ.
Thank you, Maya Angelou for being one of the most inspiring women of our century. God made you just the way you were supposed to be: Accessible to the world. Thank you for representing the African woman and the American woman. And thank you for showing us how to conduct ourselves in front of cameras...and behind cameras.
To remind myself of who I am and perhaps, who you are---I share these words of wisdom by our most celebrated teacher and poetess in America and the World, Dr. Maya Angelou:
"You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive."
"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."
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."