Reaching For Hearts

“‎The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.”

~ Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was one of the most amazing women in American History. She was a poet, memoirist, essayist, and human rights activist. Most importantly, though, Angelou was a wise person who always strove to have a positive impact on those with whom she made contact. Continue reading “Reaching For Hearts”

No Good Deeds Go Unpunished?

“I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.”

~ Maya Angelou

Again, I turn to Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) for inspiration around the idea of ‘doing good’ in this life. As a modern American icon in several artistic fields and winner of many well-deserved awards, Angelou spoke to us from the perspective of a life that was not easy from the time she was a child. Because of her intellect, she was able to glean understandings about the important things in life and utilized her many talents to school us to live our lives well. Continue reading “No Good Deeds Go Unpunished?”

If Not Courage, What Do You Have?

“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.”

~ Maya Angelou

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  Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) is one of the most celebrated women, black or white, in American history. This multitalented woman achieved excellence in everything she put her mind and heart into. She won awards internationally as an author, poet, and made significant contributions in the fields of screenwriting, acting, singing and directing. Being raised amid racism and victimized sexually as a child gave her a burning desire to right social wrongs, so she became a social activist and good friend of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Maya Angelou’s life was a model of courage and inspiration. Continue reading “If Not Courage, What Do You Have?”

Quit Complaining – It Changes Nothing!

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

~ Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson (1928-2014), was an American author, poet and civil rights activist. This accomplished lady wore many different career hats throughout her lifetime and won many awards. She worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X in the US civil rights movement, during the 1960s, until their untimely deaths. She was one of just two poets honored to read one of her poems at a presidential inauguration ceremony. Robert Frost was the first at John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration in 1960, and Maya Angelou read at Bill Clinton’s twenty-three years later. Continue reading “Quit Complaining – It Changes Nothing!”

What’s Your Style? Thriving Or Surviving?

“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.”

~ Maya Angelou

 

These words speak to me about purpose in living and also about how the author intended to accomplish it. In her celebrated life, as an author, civil rights activist, and poet from 1928 to 2014, Maya Angelou was a pioneer among African-American women and an inspiration to the world.

Continue reading “What’s Your Style? Thriving Or Surviving?”

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