I don't remember when, how or why this writer, this powerhouse of a person, this joy to my Soul became a great influencer of my life. Maya Angelou, though deceased several years, touches me deeply. I think it was the greatness of her strength in any situation, her humility, and her self empowerment that empowered and still empowers millions and me. She is known to have said "Be Remarkable", I say, Let's!
I remember sitting in the audience of one of her talks in Santa Barbara, Ca back in the 90's. I was mesmerized, sitting on the edge of my existence with each word she danced into a sentence. But not merely a sentence, an opportunity to see regular, everyday things, occurrences and people in a different hue. With ease she turned up the volume of life, or tempered it down to a whisper and often down to that of a dog whistle. She instilled in me a love of creative writing, a joy of journaling and of playing with words. I wanted to meet her and just say thank you and give her a hug. So there i sat in the huge auditorium in awe. People were leaving and I remained hoping she might exit past me, just eager for the opportunity to offer my gratitude. Well after sitting there an eternity of minutes, I got up to leave without meeting her but still mesmerized, and there I remain. Thank You Dr. Angelou
Another Maya that I am aware of is within hindu philosophy-Maya, The Cosmic Illusion. Yes that too was Maya Angelou, as an example, as a living fact that all things are possible.
May we all step up, claim our birthright and Be Remarkable
"Maya Angelou was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences."
I will never forget how Maya makes me feel :)
Namaste Dr. Angelou