Author and activist for Afro-American rights, Maya Angelou wrote seven autobiographies and several books of poetry and essays. Her first book, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”, won critical acclaim is considered to be one of her best works today.
The author passed away in 2014. On her birthday, we share eight life lessons to learn from her books.
1. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
This one teaches us to speak up. To express ourselves. We give so less importance to our emotional well-being and so much to our physical shape. Tell the story you’ve always wanted to tell.
2. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
This classic lesson is just one simple thing that we need to learn for a happy life. Survival is easy, living, thriving is not. Are you happy with what you are doing? Are you smiling? Does it grow you in any way? Find out. You should feel your heart beats.
3. “Nothing will work unless you do.”
This is so true. If you are fine, things are. You make things work not vice versa. Work for something you believe in, instead of waiting for it to happen.
4. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
Maya Angelou has simply put down the real definition of success. Like your work. If you don’t change it.
5. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Very few people care about the struggles of successful people. All they care about is the beautiful show that is put on by the aura of success. Care about the back story, see what made the person what they are today.
6. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
We all care only about ourselves. We don’t care about anyone else – sometimes a small gesture might brighten the lives of someone else. When you are their rainbow, you will definitely feel brighter.
7. “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”
In school, we learn a saying that failures are the stepping stones to success. They are. Let there be a gazillion defeats, you stand undefeated in life. Keep going.
8. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
We lack compassion and solidarity in the world of the 21st century. Whether you make the person feel good or bad, that is one thing that they will always remember. Always keep that in mind.
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