In this bestselling spiritual classic, Maya Angelou, one of the best-loved authors of our time shares the wisdom of a remarkable life. This is Maya Angelou speaking from the heart, down to the earth and real, but inspiring too. This is a book to be treasured, a book about being a woman in every way,... about living well, about the power of the word, and about the power to move and shape your life through spirituality. The latest unforgettable work of Maya Angelou, passionate, lively, and lyrical, offers a gem of truth on every page. Maya Angelou speaks out. . . On Faith: "I'm taken aback when people walk up to me and tell me they're Christians." My first answer is the question 'Already?' It seems to me that attempting to live a Christian's life is a lifelong effort. It is in the search itself that one finds ecstasy."On Racism: "The time has come for parents to teach young people early on that there is beauty and strength in diversity. We should all know that diversity makes a rich tapestry, and we must understand that no matter their color, all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value." On Taking Time for Ourselves: "Each person deserves a day away in which no issues are faced, no solutions are sought. Each of us needs to withdraw from the care that is not going to withdraw from us. As a spring tonic, a day away acts. It can dispel rancor, transform indecision and renew the spirit."On Death and Grieving: "When I feel filled with rage at a loved one's absence, I try to remember as soon as possible that my concerns should focus on what I can learn from my departed love. In the art of living a good life, what legacy has been left that can help me? On Style: "Style is as unique and non-transferable and as perfectly personal as a fingerprint." It is wise to take the time to develop one's own way of being, to increase those things that one does well and to eliminate the character elements that can impede and diminish the good personality.
Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift.
That knowledge humbles me, melts my bones, closes my ears, and makes my teeth rock loosely in their gums. And it also liberates me. I am a big bird winging over high mountains, down into serene valleys. I am ripples of waves on silver seas. I'm a spring leaf trembling in anticipation.
Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well.