Dr. Maya Angelou- A legend!
Dr. Maya Angelou is one of my favorite writer, poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, her boldness and candid persona have left a very deep mark on my heart! When she spoke the world listened to her in awe!
Born on April 4th, 1928
Died on May 28, 2014 (aged 86)
Dr. Maya Angelou is one of my favorite writer, poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, her boldness and candid persona has left a very deep mark on my heart! When she spoke the world listened to her in awe!
While Maya Angelou best known today for her writing — as the author of more than 30 books and the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees — she had many different careers before becoming a writer, and all before the age of 40, as TIME pointed out in her 2014 obituary. Angelou’s jobs included: cook, waitress, sex-worker, dancer, actor, playwright, editor at an English-language newspaper in Egypt, Calypso singer, and cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess. In fact, Angelou’s name is more of a stage name than a pen name; Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis in 1928, but in the 1950s came up with “Maya Angelou,” which is a portmanteau of sorts, by combining her childhood nickname and a riff on her then-husband’s surname- Wikipedia
She was an inspiration to so many people and her words go right to the heart of what relationships and friendships are all about.
Here are ten quotes from Maya Angelou that speak to the subject of friendship very deeply!
It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
One of the biggest myths about forgiveness is that it’s for the other person. It isn’t. It’s for us. When we make the choice to forgive we allow our emotions to follow the positive forces in our life instead of the people who hurt us.
Whether you stay in a friendship after a betrayal or not, you must forgive so you can be a healthy, whole person that is free to accept a positive relationship into your life after that.
Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
We’re too desperate to have friends, sometimes. Instead of a calm assurance that welcomes new people into our life, we chase after them, and some of the ones we find aren’t good for us.
To those who have given up on love, I say, ‘Trust life a little bit.
This quote also applies to friendship. People sometimes say, “That’s it! I’m giving up on making friends” but when you feel that way, remember the possibilities that exist when you just put yourself out there and try. You have everything to lose by deciding that you’re not meant to have friends in your life. Trust that you deserve good friends and will find them.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Friendship takes work. Finding friends, nurturing friendships, scheduling face time, it all takes a tremendous amount of work. But it’s worth it. If you put in the effort, you’ll see the rewards of positive friends who will make your life extraordinary.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
How often do we let one person ruin our day? Or allow a friendship that ended to consume us in grief so fierce that we stop trying to connect with people again?
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
Have you ever been hung up on regrets about what you’d do differently with a friendship that perhaps ended? The irony is that the only reason you know what you should have done now is because you made the mistake then. The times we mess up are lessons for us.
When people show you who they are, believe them.
We give people a lot of chances sometimes. That’s human nature, to want to see the value in everyone, to give people a pass when they mess up. But sometimes people are undeserving of our trust, and we usually know it right away. We sense it. But we don’t always act accordingly.
This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one ever before.
Very often, our life changes in small ways. One tiny thing builds upon the next. You have the opportunity to make this a good day for yourself and someone else. What will you do with this chance? Will you forgive a friend, make a vow to add more positive people to your life? As Maya Angelou says, it is a wonderful day filled with new opportunities.
Love, peace, and blessings!