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RIP Maya Angelou

Today has seen the passing of a great woman/poet/human being.



I remember reading her poems as a young girl and just... connecting. I felt that I could understand her and through her poems and acting that she understood me.

It didn't matter that she was black and I was white. We were both children of the earth and connected by just being.

When she read her poetry she could make you smile or make you cry. I will miss her and mourn the passing by being joyous and lifting my head high. RIP Maya.






My Maya Angelou Favorite Quotes:

1.) "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."

2.) "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

3.) "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."

4.) "Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."

5.) If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

6.) Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

7.) When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

8.) You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.'

9.) Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.

10.) There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Do you have words/thoughts/feelings to share?

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haldoor
May. 29th, 2014 12:33 am (UTC)
She sounds like a very wise woman. Her legacy will not be forgotten easily by many. Thank you for sharing all of this. *hugs*
fairyniamh
May. 29th, 2014 03:47 am (UTC)
I think she was a wonderful person. I wish I could have met her, but if wishes were fishes there would be no hunger. :) *hugs*
hanorganaas
May. 29th, 2014 04:22 am (UTC)
I wrote this in my journal but Maya Angelou basically SAVED my life.

I was so depressed in eighth grade ((And tis may be triggering so be warned)) from bullying that I resorted to Self Harm. I guess fate had it that my mom met Maya at her yearly women's foodservice convention (which she spoke at a coupleof times) the week my School found out about it and brought home a book of her poems.

They gave me the stength I needed to move on and fight on. For that I owe Maya everything. But she lived a long healthy life and she will live on forever in her works X3333333
fairyniamh
May. 29th, 2014 06:52 am (UTC)
I am sure that she would be proud to know that she was a rainbow to the clouds in your life.

I started to read her when I was... fairly young and where it did not stop me from attempting suicide, her outlook on love and life filled a hole that I did not realize needed filled. It... validated my little circle of chosen family and friends. That the words used against my diverse family were hurtful, but ignorant and I didn't have to let the bullies have the power to torture me any longer.

I am glad that she touched your life as she had. The world would be a darker place without your presence. (hugs)
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