During nap time today I did my usual combo of shoveling in a sandwich with one hand, answering emails with the other, while keeping one eye on the tv. Today I caught up on an Oprah from last week–yes I dvr Oprah, I gotta have my Oprah. Suze Orman & Ari something-or-other explained the country’s financial crisis in 1000 words or less then provided a few pointers on what to do with our money during this crazy time. All interesting and informative stuff, but not the touchy feely kinda stuff I like.
But then, there she was, Maya Angelou, live, in all her wisdom and glory. I melt the moment I see her, even before she utters one word. Oprah was touting Ms. Angelou’s new book “Letter to My Daughter” and reading some excerpts. I had to stop and rewind several times because watching it once was just not enough.
“You may not be able to control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
Do not complain.
Make every effort to change things you do not like.
Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim’s in the neighborhood.
Be certain that you do not die without doing something wonderful for humanity.”
This quote resonates with me, on many levels. I think since my book project is at the forefront of my brain, I am connecting it to everything I see right now. But this basically sums up the reasons I want to create this book for women. I want to turn my cloud into a rainbow for someone else.
Who’s cloud will you brighten?
BTW…I’m buying the book today…practically at the book store now.