Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Take a Break with Maya Angelou

Like so many, I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the amazing renaissance woman Maya Angelou. Fortunately, she left us so many ways to not only remember her but to enrich our lives in the process. Today’s “take a break” is not only enjoying Angelou in a number of different ways but to also engage in activities that she enjoyed and believed in.

Check out the following videos:
On the Pulse of Morning: Video footage of Maya Angelou reciting her poem at the 1993 Presidential Inaugural. 

Things to do that are inspired Maya Angelou quotes:
A library is a rainbow in the cloud-Visit your local library

• There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Write in your journal.

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. Smile at everyone you meet today.

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Turn on some music and relax.

• Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. Plan a trip, even if it’s just to visit the town next to yours.

• Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do something for someone, even if it’s to say hello and smile.

• I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good.

Not interested in today’s activity? Check out the Take a Break Pinterest for lots of Take a Break ideas. 

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