Earlier this week I mourned with the rest of the world when I heard that Maya Angelou died. She was a poet, an author, a civil rights activist, a teacher and an inspiration. I’m sad that she is no longer here, but she lived a long, full, amazing life, and her legacy will live on to inspire generations.
Over the past few days, social media has been flooded with photos of Maya and many, many quotes from her appearances, her books and her poems. Each quote makes me stop and meditate on it for a while. She was wise, and you shouldn’t just skim past wisdom without taking a moment to stop and soak it in when it’s available.
One of Maya’s wise quotes that has stuck with me short and simple.
The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
I’m an optimist, and I interpret this quote with an optimist’s lens. I find that more of the people are kind, caring and helpful than are not. I choose to trust those who show themselves to be so. It’s the way I choose to live.
There are other quotes from the poet that I find inspirational, too.
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Did you find Maya Angelou to be an inspiration? What words from her have you meditated on and when you were done, found you’d soaked in a little wisdom?
Pure Love Grows, Donna XOXOXO