Lesson from Maya Angelou

This quote, and the book it came from have meant so much to me
… Writers always remember that what we write is not only for us, but for those who will be impacted and directed by our words

… Ms. Angelou did just that to me when she wrote

“Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over
the world last night, poor and rich and white
and black, but they will never wake again” “And
those dead folks would give anything, anything
at all for just five minutes of this weather or
ten minutes of that plowing that person was
grumbling about. So you watch yourself about
complaining, Sister. What you’re supposed to do
when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you
can’t change it, change the way you think about
it. Don’t complain.”

and then went on to say

“Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.”


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