We’ve been inspiring the heck out of ourselves over at Writers In The Storm today with some great quotes from the incomparable Maya Angelou. Who doesn’t want some inspiration on this wintry Wednesday?
My favorite video is her reading her own powerhouse poem, Still I Rise.
Her voice is so comforting, so playful, so moving. And her words…ohmygosh. Her words just shoot fire up my spine.
The most astonishing thing to me is her fortitude. This girl was shuttled across the nation by train at three years old, alone with her brother, with only the train staff to usher them from one leg of the journey to the other. She was raped as a child. She was battered by the chaos of a pre-Civil Rights South. Yet still, she rose.
After her rape at age seven, Angelou stopped speaking for five years. When she stopped speaking, she started reading and the stories kept her afloat. She finally spoke when a teacher challenged her with poetry.
She knew what most of us know: stories are important.
Stories are friends when we’re lonely, comfort when we’re scared, inspiration when we’re down. Stories are a gift and many of us write to pay that gift forward.
I’ve had a hard week, filled with pain from being glutened, so I’m rising through words today. If I happen to lift up some others at the same time…SCORE!
Here are some Maya quotes to lift you up:
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues – you can’t be kind or fair or humane or generous until you find your courage. Courage is required to defend all the other virtues, and to be a whole person.
Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. We may not speak the same language or dance the same dance, but be a blessing to someone.
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.
Continue to shine today, my friends! Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle or your swagger. 🙂