As we end 2014 and begin 2015, I would like to share some thoughts from a great lady who passed away in 2014.
Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was more than a poet, singer, actress and author. She was an inspiration to the nation and a great defender of black culture.
In her own words:
“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. 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.”
As we begin 2015, the words of Maya Angelou would make great New Year Resolutions. As you pack your “tangled Christmas tree lights” for another year, you may want to keep the mistletoe out to remind you of the mystical qualities of life, especially the love that you share with your partner.
A daily reminder is essential as we count down the days and weeks and months to that glorious holiday time when love fills the air with smidges of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and ginger. Of course, peppermint, evergreen and holly are all decorations for the December to come.
As we all know “lost luggage” will be a reality in a mass transit world. Rainy days will come, and they will not always be on Mondays.
Loss will be part of our journey. It’s a harsh reality of life on this planet traversing the cosmos.
Oratory may win elections with a lot of cash being placed in the coffers. However, words are like the wisps of clouds because they soon fade into day or night.
Touch a life, embrace a cause in 2015.
Listen to your partner, your children, your parents, your coworkers or the lonely soul pushing a cart of cans or standing at the railways of life wondering “what’s the use”. A word or kind deed may impact myriad travellers on the road of life.
We all will travel closer to the cosmic ocean in 2015. For many the journey on the shores of eternity will cease as their footprints are washed away by the waves.
Do not only live in 2015. Thrive and embrace life with all your zeal and zest.
G. D. Williams © 2015
“On the Pulse of Morning”