My admiration for Maya Angelou is big, full. Standing next to her a woman can only feel more; grand, strong and beautiful. Her presence evokes and hearkens to the largess within the self. She inspires and calls to all her Sisters, “Try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity”. More than inspiration, more than possibility – more. Ms. Angelou, the Nubian Queen, who steps upon the earth with the shell pink soles of her feet and her beautifully rich brown skin, Africa in the timbre of her voice. A Queen beyond race or age, beyond creed and politics; Maya Angelou is good medicine for the soul. For her presence in the here and now I am thankful. For the way she says “Sister” and in one word tells a whole story ~ The story of every woman who has ever lived from grandmother to mother to daughter; neighbor, auntie, friend. Ms. Angelou exhorts keep reaching, keep dreaming, keep learning, keep teaching. Go big, deep, wide and then go some more. Fill the world with intelligent kindness and love.
“If a human being dreams a great dream, dares to love somebody; if a human being dares to be Martin King, or Mahatma Gandhi, or Mother Theresa, or Malcolm X; if a human being dares to be bigger than the condition into which she or he was born—it means so can you. And so you can try to stretch, stretch, stretch yourself so you can internalize, ‘Homo sum, humani nil a me alienum puto. I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me.’ That’s one thing I’m learning.” — Dr. Maya Angelou
“When you get give, when you learn teach”. Maya Angelou