7 Wise Thoughts from Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014) was an extraordinary woman who made this world a better place with her beautiful, wise and timeless words. She was a poet, a memoirist and a civil rights activist, among other things.

Here is a video consisted of seven of the best thoughts Maya Angelou has ever verbalized.

Word of Wisdom from Maya Angelou.

Please watch the video below and read the article.

1. If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

There is no use in complaining. Change what you don't like. If you cannot change what you dislike, then change the part of yourself to either stop disliking it, or to learn to live with it and consider it a growth lesson.

2. 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.

For many good people this is a hard lesson to learn. They want the best for everyone. They always try to help people. But often, they get disappointed when people don't feel too positive about them and merely try to use them.

It does not matter what you do and how you treat people, good or bad. The only thing that they will remember is how you make them feel, and that is in large part how they will value you.

3. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

In essence, you are always in control. Not about what happens to you, as you cannot control most of the external factors to a great extent.

What you can control is how you decide to interpret the events that happen. You can choose to believe that the events happen to you, or for you. You can choose to believe that something is a positive or a negative event, or simply a growth lesson.

4. I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.

Love yourself. If you don't, why would you expect anyone else to love you?

5. It's good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for awhile their ignorance's, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.

The truth is that most people get bored when they have food, shelter and more entertainment than they can ever consume. Then they turn to watching other people's lives unfold, instead of taking part in or organizing actions that will make their micro-universe a better place.

In crisis, we show our true selves; human beings are pack animals, and they tend to work together and help each other.

6. Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently

. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

People are full of ideas, hopes and dreams, but many of them lack the courage to chase after those things they want.

Most of the time it's because they believe that they are not good enough to get something better, that they do not deserve it or that they cannot attain it for whatever reason.

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7. I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

It's good to be grateful for who you are and what you have. That is the path of true abundance.

Maya Angelou left her wisdom and legacy through her words and her voice. Please share these beautiful words and inspire others with wisdom.

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