Celebrating Maya Angelou

I can’t quote a single line of her poetry.

All I know of her work is the multitude of beautiful, inspiring quotes anyone can find online.

But she was undeniably a woman of great courage. A woman whose words shaped our lives for decades, and will continue to do so for decades more.

We’ll miss her. But let’s not dwell on the sadness of her passing.

Instead, let’s celebrate the time we had with her. 86 years is a full life by almost any measure, and hers more full than most.

She sang for the most important reason–because she had a song. I’m grateful for her song, and her life, and the love she chose to share with the rest of us.

Farewell, Maya Angelou. May you find rest.

I've been a soldier, a dreamer, a working stiff, a leader. A husband, father, example (good and otherwise), and now a survivor. I write about courage, because courage is what enables us to accomplish the impossible. If you draw breath, I love you. If you love in whatever way seems best to you and want others to love in whatever way seems best to them, I am your ally. If you believe someone is less than you because they do not love the way you do, I oppose you. If you see someone as a threat to be abused or destroyed merely because they do not look like you, or love like you, or worship like you, I am your enemy. I am a joyful and courageous man. And I stand with you who love.