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Maya Angelou’s grandchildren recently posthumously published her final bookRainbow in the Cloud. You can hear her talk about why she wrote the book here.

Rainbow in the Cloud is a book of poetry and quotes and words of wisdom from Maya to us.

She had a lot of clouds in her life, and so many rainbows.  Whenever she did anything important, she brought everyone who had ever been kind to her with her, so that she never felt she was alone or had no help. Because she had her own rainbows.

He final message, and the reason for her book, was to encourage us to be a rainbow, a blessing, to someone else’s cloud.

Here’s one that Oprah Winfrey learned from Maya Agelou and passes on whenever she has a chance: When you know better, you do better. It was apparently one of the first things her hero Maya said to her when they met; it freed her from being hostage to her past mistakes, and she wants the rest of the world to be equally freed.

Maya’s grandkid’s message is something Ms. Angelou has repeated over and over:
people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya’s words make me feel that life is beautiful.

Rainbows in the Clouds – Bluegrass version

Quote of the Week
Joy is an important element of happiness.  It is sometimes the difference between striving and thriving.  One must nurture the joy in one’s life so that it reaches full bloom.
– Maya Angelou, from Rainbow in the Cloud

 

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