Friday, December 12, 2014

Maya Angelou Is Not Dead

Dear Friends,

I've been thinking a lot about Dr. Maya Angelou lately. I related to this African-American female multi-media artist and activist so much, this persun whose thirst for living and courage reminded me of myself and inspired me to be greater than I was, and you know what? I don't feel she's really dead.She was so strong in life, until the end, where even with her pain and in a wheelchair she traveled, spoke, and performed in films.
 My heart goes out to her son Guy and her many "children" and dear close friends, because I know they feel her physical loss as I feel the physical loss of my late partner Tom who passed away in March 2013, because the closer you are to someone in the flesh, the more you miss them when they are no longer in that form.
 But being that I have never touched nor been touched by Dr. Angelou in the flesh, I benefit from not having that pain, and only the gift of her endless spirit as she lived it and left records of in her wide and varied body of work.
 Maya always encouraged us, every woman and every man, girl and boy of every color, to be more of what we could be - to be better, to be loving, to be generous, to be strong.
 She comes to me even now when I am weak in those things, which is so very often, and prompts me to think of taking action, even when or if I do not. 
 This, to me, is the essence of immortality, not only living one's life in a fabulous way, making a difference in our world around us, and touching as many hearts as we are able through our living and our lives while we are here, but to inspire. To inspire others to action, perhaps more than having loved, is what to me makes immortality. Yes, we are remembered by the love we gave while we are alive, the generosity of our actions, the forgiveness we tried to do, the patience we tried to exhibit, those we tried to include, the gentleness we tried to embody. 
 But it is also the action we inspire in others that makes the memory of who we are in life go on forever. 
 Dr. Maya Angelou stills whispers to me now: "Love. Act. Be better. Be stronger. Get up. Forgive. Be kind. Act."
 And I thank her for still being here, and showing me the way.

[Born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014), Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. --Wikipedia ]

Make yourself a beautiful day!

Cassendre Xavier
(aka Amethyste Rah, aka Amrita Waterfalls)
“renaissance negresse & ARTrepreneur”
(musician/writer/actress/fine artist)
Leeway Transformation Award-Winning founder & executive director of the Black Women’s Arts Festival (Est. 2003) and the Women's Writing & Spoken Word Series (Est. 2002). 
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