Sunday, March 6, 2011

Oprah Presents: Maya Angelou's story [Master Class]

I just finished watching Maya Angelou's featured episode in Operah's Master's class. To say that this woman is amazing would be one of the biggest understatement ever.

And among the biggest lessons I took from that was:

Who you really are:
"If a human being dreams a great dream, dares to love somebody; if a human being dares to be Martin King, or Mahatma Gandhi, or Mother Theresa, or Malcolm X; if a human being dares to be bigger than the condition into which she or he was born—it means so can you. And so you can try to stretch, stretch, stretch yourself so you can internalize, 'Homo sum, humani nil a me alienum puto. I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me.' That's one thing I'm learning." — Dr. Maya Angelou

On Becoming who you are meant to be:
"What I think it really means is: I'm a teacher. I am a teacher. I teach all the time, as you do and as all of you do—whether we know it or not, whether we take responsibility for it or not. I hold nothing back because I want to see that light go off. I like to see the children say, 'I never thought of that before.' And I think, 'I've got them!'" — Dr. Maya Angelou


For the past little while it's been a lot of back to back madness... so running into this video was amazingly necessary. and a Blessing.

Suppose I am going to be somebody, then the greatness of my being must reflect the light in me and not me. So when I hear Maya Angelou say that she prays for humility, It makes me feel uplifted and not alone in that idea. Suppose that I am as great as this light that I recognize in so many people, this light that I recognize in truth and I recognize in God, then I have to continue to breathe in this life and take everything in.... and master it.

1 comment:

  1. U know what's funny? the first time I watched Maya Angelou on Master Class, the only thing that bothered me was when she said that "In the Old Testament, in Genesis, the bible talks about in the Beginning was the Word and the word was God..." that passage is in the New Testament and it's the book of John. Bless her heart though! I <3 me some Angelou!