Dr. Maya

Dr. Maya AngelouRather than write about all that Dr. Maya Angelou meant to me, I’ve posted some of my favorite quotes from her. She was one of my “Fabulous Four” (see The Literary Page). I will say that she may have inspired me the most of the four, although that is pretty tough for me to determine. I will also add that when I learned of her passing I, like many other folks I’m sure, cried like a baby and felt like I had lost a member of my own blood family. But the tears soon stopped when it dawned on me, that although she is gone from us physically, her words which are SO profound are with us always and those of course were a big part of her. Enjoy and be inspired always…

Until later,

peace people…

Quotes from Dr. Maya Angelou:

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. 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.” 

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” 

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” 

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

“There were people who went to sleep last night, 
poor and rich and white and black, 
but they will never wake again. 

And those dead folks would give anything at all 
for just five minutes of this weather 
or ten minutes of plowing. 

So you watch yourself about complaining. 

What you’re supposed to do 
when you don’t like a thing is change it. 
If you can’t change it, 
change the way you think about it.” 

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” 

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.” 

“Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.” 

“Live as though life was created for you.” 

“Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” 

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot- it’s all right there.”

“We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.” 

“Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don’t do that. Some day we’ll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally in to you.”

“You should never make someone a priority who views you as an option.”

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” 

Life Lesson #12: Dealing with the “High and Mighty”

snob11I have never been what you would call a “traditional” person. I have always had an affinity for the “weird” and wonderful.  I feel, more often than not, that I do not fit in with most situations and people and I have learned to be o.k. with that. I realize that my logic and train of thought strays dramatically from “normal” most of the time and I’m o.k. with that too.

What I’m NOT o.k. with is when the “high and mighty” feel the need to call my character into question because I don’t dance to the beat of “every man’s” drum. This happened to me recently and it made me realize several things about myself. First and foremost, I am SO good with who I am and I’m not going to make alterations to my spirit and psyche to suit someone else. I like my suit and Imma keep rockin’ it! (Get it? alterations? suit?) Second, I refuse to suffer fools anymore. Third, and maybe the most important, if you pray and ask whatever god you believe in to show and reveal things to you, it WILL happen. Now, I could have fallen apart when the “high and mighty” tried to “dog” my character, but I didn’t. In fact it had the opposite effect on me. It made me more confident in myself and my Higher Power. It made me LOVE myself and my weird quirkiness all the more. It also made me realize that what Maya Angelou said is true “When people show you who they are believe them”, and “You aren’t in it.” See, when folks feel the need to judge others for whatever reason, they have some issue going on with THEMSELVES. It has nothing to do with the person they are judging . If a grown person feels compelled and justified to try and make others  feel bad and “less than”, that’s nothing but ego. Avoid people that are led by their ego. You know who they are. The folks that are never wrong. You can’t tell them anything because they already know it all. They must always have the last word. Everything has to be their way all the time and if it’s not they pout like children. And on and on. I tell my kids everyday to pay attention to what’s going on around them. I don’t only mean to watch out for the crazy folks in the world that mean them harm, but also to pay attention to how people act, how they treat and speak to them, what they do, how they operate and interact with them.

I am so thankful that my prayer was answered, I followed my own advice, and paid attention to my intuition in dealing with the “high and mighty” folks in my life. Because I was able to see the flags that were going up and recognize something wasn’t quite right.

So the moral of this story is: prayer should be your first line of defense, ALWAYS, pay attention to what’s going on around you, listen to your intuition, love who you are and never let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter, because you do.

That’s all for now…

until later,

peace people

love. in 7 haiku

i am falling in

love with You again i know

Your grace is enough

 

the sweetness i was

looking for was here always

closer than my heart

 

the joy and peace You

give me is all that my soul

has been longing for

 

i missed You when i

was away seeking others

my life was  broken

 

You move and amaze

me with each breath i take my

sustainer an-nur*

 

You know every part

of me mind body good bad

yet You love me still

 

You amaze me so

it is You alone i seek

You alone i love

 

*Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The Parable of His Light is as if there were a Niche and within it a Lamp: the Lamp enclosed in Glass: the glass as it were a brilliant star: Lit from a blessed Tree, an Olive, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil is well-nigh luminous, though fire scarce touched it: Light upon Light! Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light: Allah doth set forth Parables for men: and Allah doth know all things. Surah An-Nur 24:35   http://quran.com/24/35