I love Maya Angelou. Who doesn't? Whoever they are, they need to see me immediately, if not sooner, you dig? #MayaAngelouRules
She had this way of saying things simply, concisely and yet so profoundly that they resonate on a deep emotional level long after a reader has stopped looking words on a page or screen. Few authors have her gift for evoking such impact and physical response from their words.
I have always been amazed, humbled and inspired by her works. One of my favorite quotes by Dr. Angelou (I'm always afraid I'm mispronouncing her last name...even in my head?) is a very brief one:
"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
Yeah, you right. Amen.
Of all her important messages and insightful assertions about appreciating life, love of self and reverence for The Almighty (of whom she was clearly a devout advocate, BTW), I find her most meaningful prose and quotes revolve around the concept of being kind; showing compassion -- you know, treating the other humans well.
And so, because she's on my mind in surplus today for some reason, here are some PK takes on what Maya might have to say on a regular old Monday:
-It doesn't matter how grand the gesture, as long as it gladdened one little soul —and even if only for a millisecond. What's time compared to joy?
-Expensive gifts are fine, but the best present you can give someone is to be present for and with them.
-Conduct your daily life as if your plane is going down: Remember that you must first secure your own mask before you can help others breathe easy.
-Pray. Every day. On bad days, pray lots and on good days, pray more -- then pray for the understanding to realize why.
-A happy heart can't heckle, hurt or hate -- it won't shatter itself or any other.
Clearly, I'm no Maya but I do wish you all a day filled with smiles...from the inside out! #Peace #Give #Pray #Love