Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. (Maya Angelou)
Maya Angelou was raped by one of her mother's boyfriends when she was eight years old. She told her brother who told the rest of the family. The perpetrator was arrested but spent only one night in jail. Four days later he was found murdered. Maya became a mute and did not speak for almost five years believing she was at fault for the man's murder because she told others his name. Maya lived with her mother, grandmother, and then back to her mother. At the age of 17 she gave birth to her first child; she worked in the sex industry. Through hard work, education, determination, and a strong faith she used her life experiences to become the successful author and advocate we all so admire.
When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too. (Paul Coelho)
Paul Coelho is an accomplished author of books and quotes. He always wanted to be a writer, but his family thought his introversion and opposition to pursuing a traditional career was reason enough to have him committed to a mental institution. Three times he escaped only to be re-admitted. In his twenties he wrote lyrics and worked in a theater. One day he walked a 500 mile pilgrimage in Spain, which changed his life. He had a spiritual awakening and from then on pursued his dream as a writer.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. (Wayne Dyer)
Wayne Dyer spent the first ten years of his life in an orphanage after his father walked out on the family. His parents eventually reconciled. Despite his tough beginnings he went on to get his ED.D degree in counseling. He wrote several books and lead numerous seminars. He encouraged people to let go of and stop giving guilt, but instead follow the example of Jesus the Christ as one of self-actualization and self-reliance.
These are just a few of my favorite quotes by three people for whom I have great admiration. They rose above their childhood challenges and through their writings and speaking engagements have given us words of wisdom. We can learn to be a better person just as each of these three people did.
They wrote and taught about how to be a better, kinder, more loving, and less judgmental person. I strive to follow such great words, but I fall short. We all do. However, that means we need to try even harder to be better people.
Here are some things I try to do on a daily basis. They may appear to be small actions or thoughts, but when added together they make each day more joyful and a healthier me.
1. Wake up in the morning and say to yourself or out loud: "Thank you, God for this day."
2. Greet your spouse, roommate, or the first person you see with, "Good Morning."
3. Put a smile on your face and acknowledge people with a nod or a hello as you pass by them.
4. Be honest with people in your words and actions. Lies and gossip only hurt and will
defeat the best of intentions.
5. To forgive is one of the most beautiful and healthy gifts you can give to yourself...as well
as others. Open your heart to those who have caused you hurt.
My thanks to Wikipedia for some of the biographical information above.