I love author Maya Angelou and the life lessons and inspiration she has provided over the years. They have given me such encouragement and hope to “get through the day”.
Some of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou include:
“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.”
What’s life after all unless we have some passions, laughter and fun in our lives? I have gone through many seasons of the “doldrums” and not having anything to look forward to…. just going through the motions….and it stinks! But when I get inspired about something, a new project or goal – I get excited! And once I make a “game plan” to break down the goal and go after it … a little bit at a time, I get hopeful and encouraged. And nothing makes my day more than adding a little humor in the mix.
“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.” (Maya Angelou)
Talk is cheap! That’s for sure. I know in my own life, I have sometimes “missed it” and passed up opportunities to be kind or give of myself, even in a small way, for someone else. And, I have never forgotten some small, but oh so big to me, gestures from family and friends when I was going through a rough time.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” (Maya Angelou)
I am often challenged in this area with “attitude”. Our attitudes can make or break our days and the course of our futures. Often times, our difficult or troubling circumstances are just a blip in time. If we can’t improve or change our situation, I have learned to make a decision to get through it with a better attitude… otherwise, bitterness and complaining can step in and ruin our day.
“All great achievements require time.” (Maya Angelou)
I have had to be reminded of this many times in my life whether it was challenging myself to reach a short term or long term goal. It takes time, perseverance and consistency. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and most things that are worth it require time!
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” (Maya Angelou)
We all certainly have had challenging and difficult events and occurrences in our lives. But at some point, I think we must realize we must move on to move forward.
I think now you might understand why I find Maya Angelou an inspiring woman, and I hope you do too!
Until next time –