“The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you’re wrinkled.” -Maya Angelou
There are few writers that can touch the soul like Maya Angelou. As the world mourns her passing, we need to remember to celebrate life – hers and our own. On this earth, she had found her spirit voice – the voice that pierces through all the noise of this world and reminds us what the core of our being already knows to be true.
To tap into our brilliance, like Maya, has to be the ultimate goal. If we can listen for God’s tiny whispers in our life, and figure out how to follow his sweet voice, we will be more talented; more loving; and better teachers and companions. I don’t know the purpose of my life yet, but I do feel I am getting closer to knowing where God’s essence resides.
Sweet Maya, if you are reading this, know that our hearts are with you. Receive our love and thanksgiving for the color and light you’ve brought to this world. Please keep passing your gifts down to us. And, like you, I will keep trying to be a parrot in a teacup – unapologetically vibrant, but acting with grace and gentleness.