Happy Monday! One of my absolute favorite people ever is Dr. Maya Angelou. I dream of being able to literally sit at her feet and be nourished by her immense wisdom. Each word she allows to leave her mouth is deliberate, healing, powerful, thought-provoking and life-changing. When I hear her share, I envision pure gold dripping from her. She unselfishly shares her gold as she truly is an infinitely filled vessel of treasure. The below text, in which she discusses courage, is taken from one of her addresses. Inspired by yesterday’s interview with Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, I wanted to share Dr. Angelou’s message of courage as we begin a new week. May we dedicate ourselves to developing a true courage that allows us to consistently be everything we desire.
I believe that courage is the most important of all the virtues
because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
You can be anything erratically:
kind, fair, generous, courteous, just, merciful,
anything every now and again,
but to be that thing time after time,
when even your family, your friends are asking you
“are you still seeing those people,
don’t you know they are gay?;
don’t you know they’re black?,
don’t you know what Black people do?;
don’t you know what White people have done?;
what you mean, you mean you’re still seeing those Asians?;
oh listen, did you see what… listen…don’t…be careful;
don’t you know what Arabs?;
look here, watch it, be careful about those Jews, be careful.”
To be consistently fair, consistently kind, you have to have courage.
Now I encourage people to develop courage not by saying everybody has courage,
I don’t say that.
I think we’re born with the possibility of developing courage.
I think that if you think,
I want to go out and pick up a hundred pound weight,
you don’t go out and start it,
you start out by picking up little, five pound weights, then ten pounds, twenty, then thirty,
you develop the courage.
You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
What do you think of Dr. Angelou’s point of view on courage? Do you think it’s the most important of all virtues?