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.
Dr. Maya Angelou
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?
Happy Monday! Today feels like a rebirth on several levels. Not only is it a Monday, but it’s the first for this month, a month that will also spring forth a new season. May we take time today to reassess, shed that which hinders us and break forth to do excellent things in these final months of 2012.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
~Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love
Happy Monday! May your week be a beautiful one filled with joy, accomplishments and laughter.
Dear God, I give this day to You. May my mind stay centered on the things of spirit. May I not be tempted to stray from love. As I begin this day, I open to receive You. Please enter where You already abide. May my mind and heart be pure and true, and may I not deviate from the things of goodness. May I see the love and innocence in all mankind, behind the masks we all wear and the illusions of this worldly plane. I surrender to You my doings this day. I ask only that they serve You and the healing of the world. May I bring Your love and goodness with me, to give unto others wherever I go. Make me the person You would have me be. Direct my footsteps, and show me what You would have me do. Make the world a safer, more beautiful place. Bless all Your creatures. Heal us all, and use me, dear Lord, that I might know the joy of being used by You. Amen.