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What Maya Angelou Taught Me

May 31, 2014

Maya Angelou, a phenomenal woman, passed on this week.  Reading all the beautiful posts and quotes on Instagram had me all in my feelings this week.  This amazing women lived like twenty different lives.  Maya Angelou was a poet, civil rights activist, dancer, film producer, television producer, playwright, film director, author, actress, professor and who knows what other things she did.  She is a perfect example of the American Dream!  If you fall down, you can get back up, and start over.  


Anything that came out of Maya Angelou’s mouth or written in books, was thought provoking.  One quote in particular has always stuck with me.  “When people show you who they are, believe them.”  We all have been in bad relationships and waisted so much time hoping that person will change.  This could be a boyfriend, friends, family or an associate.  I stopped waisting time, hoping that person would change after they showed me who they were.  I may have slipped up a few times and let a person show me who they were twice or three times.  Shame on me, because I already knew who they were and what I could expect from them.

The flip side to this is you make room for awesome people in your life.  I’ve been blessed with the most incredible best friends any girl could ask for.  Most of my besties date back to elementary, middle and high school.  If you are in a bad relationship or have some bogus and trifling friends, do yourself a favor and give them the deuces!

Maya Angelou kept it one hundred.  RIP.

Has any of Maya Angelou’s quotes or books made an impact on your life?

  • Love, Omora
    June 1, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Finding the strength to let go of negative relationships is always hard. I have begun to realize that a person will only treat you the way you allow yourself to be treated. This quote is so true and definitely words to live by.

  • CurlyHead
    June 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Word!

  • Joey
    June 2, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    That is my absolute favorite quote of hers. My second is, “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.” People just want to feel loved, appreciated, and respected. Love your blog. Keep up the good work!

  • Rose's Daughter
    June 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I felt like a family member died! My 3rd favorite quote( after the one you posted,and the one Joey mentioned in his comment. is “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

  • Mimi
    June 3, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    She had so many quotes and I am one of those people that live for quotes so I won’t bother naming them all but her advice is timeless.

    Relationships are tricky and I’ve learned in the past few years that I don’t deal with people that much unless I feel a connection. I only deal with people I feel are genuine and true, I can’t really be concerned with whether or not they can do something for me because with that comes a price I don’t want to pay.

    I feel so bad about her passing because as these phenomenal people pass on we don’t have any others to replace them in this generation and that is truly heart breaking

  • LavishLibra
    June 10, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Yes, she was definitely was encouraging and a tell it like it is kinda woman.

    http://www.LavishLibra.com

  • Anonymous
    October 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    She had so many quotes and I am one of those people that live for quotes so I won’t bother naming them all but her advice is timeless.

    Relationships are tricky and I’ve learned in the past few years that I don’t deal with people that much unless I feel a connection. I only deal with people I feel are genuine and true, I can’t really be concerned with whether or not they can do something for me because with that comes a price I don’t want to pay.

    I feel so bad about her passing because as these phenomenal people pass on we don’t have any others to replace them in this generation and that is truly heart breaking

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