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The 52 Lists Project: List 8

LIST YOUR FAVORITE QUOTES.

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” – Audre Lorde

“Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.” – Zora Neale Hurston

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

“A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing.” – Pearl Bailey

“I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.” = bell hooks

“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” – Alice Walker

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker

“Deal with yourself as an individual worthy of respect, and make everyone else deal with you the same way.” – Nikki Giovanni

“Give light and people will find the way.” – Ella Baker

TAKE ACTION: What do your favorite quotes have in common? Choose one qualitu or theme to incorporate into your daily life this week.

A Month Of Blessing Day – Day 11

Maya Angelou born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
Black Dress
I have been trying to write this post since this treasure left us but I haven’t been able to. I decided that today is the day. I was not prepared for how affected I would be by her passing. I have been so emotional. She and her words shaped so much of my life; my self-esteem and just what it means to be a strong, black woman. The first piece I ever read by her was And Still I Rise; an amazing piece.
There are several quotes of hers that are a part of my every day life as I navigate through this thing called life.

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

“You may not control all the events that happened to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

Today, I am thankful for Maya Angelou and the wonderfully positive influence of she had on my life…and the world. She was a blessing.