I just read a news article that Maya Angelou died. I’m sitting here trying to think about what to write, but there are so many things to say that I could probably go on for days. Her work, her talent, and her honesty were incredibly brave. She was a trailblazer. Her stories and poetry shared her deepest personal experiences showing us the healing powers of releasing the negative in our lives.
She was an inspiration to women! Oprah Winfrey was a dear friend of Angelou and together they served as beacons of hope for African American women. She showed us all that our hardest challenges could be overcome and that we can create a life full of meaning and purpose.
My favorite poem of Angelou’s is Continue. It was the poem Angelou wrote for Oprah’s fiftieth birthday. It talks about the gifts we are born with and how over time we allow those gifts to flourish. Angelou talks about the importance of “continuing” because we all have life missions we need to complete.
I have the poem Continue on my phone read by Angelou. I listen to it when I need some support to continue the work I’ve been put on this earth to do. I listen to the poem when it feels like it would be easier to abandon a mission instead of forging forward because our soul signature is undeniable.
On the lighter side, I also have the cookbook Angelou wrote a few years ago. Her banana pudding is delish! She shared her world view and personal stories on a food journey. It shows us that food can be as much an art form as poetry. Our stories can be manifested in many different ways.
I hope you’ll go out and read something Angelou wrote. Find inspiration in her words, her food, her life!
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