Grab On #atozchallenge


Truth tellers give us the courage to grab on to ideas and run with them. Truth tellers as in artists of all creative ilk whose talent transcend limits and rules, who tap into emotions and taboos.  

One such truth teller was poet and author Maya Angelou. Grab on, she seemed to say in her writing, to everyday moments, past and present, no matter how painful. Want more than okay in your heart? Grab life with both hands.

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. – Maya Angelou

Can we make full use of life without grabbing on to what’s been dealt to us by life, good or bad? Without revealing our hidden pains along with joys, not because what we have to say is better, but because we have something to say? Something that might scorch our hearts if silenced.

 A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. – Maya Angelou

For moments big and small, for a chance at happiness and wholeness, we grab on with both hands and to hell with consequences. 

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass. – Maya Angelou

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. – Maya Angelou


Image: fastartpablosequero


29 responses to “Grab On #atozchallenge

  1. Maya Angelou is an amazing woman. I love the way you incorporated the quotes in your post. Nice thing to read at 7 in the morning.

  2. Maya Angelo is amazing! I’m so glad she got the recognition she deserved.

  3. Truly an amazing poet.

  4. Maya Angelou is one of my heroes. Apologies if I’ve said this to you already (I know I’ve commented about her on blogs before, can’t remember whose) but we saw her in Glasgow about 25 years ago. Probably the most inspiring speaker I’ve ever heard. I also use her quotes often (usually the ones about books and libraries) and have read her poem And Still I Rise at events. Wonderful!

    • And Still I Rise moves me to no end, Anabel. So happy for you that you got to hear her speak. And I repeat myself all the time. That’s the great thing about blogging, we’re allowed to. :) Thank you.

  5. I love that last quote the best. Amazing woman. Excellent post.

  6. Love Maya Angelou. An amazing North Carolinian. As for grabbing for a dream or a wish and damn the consequences – do it! That’s what my bucket list is for. Another great, thoughtful post, Sylvia.

  7. Lovely quotes by the inimitable Maya Angelou. One of my favorite authors. Grab the world by the lapels!
    Mary at Play off the Page

  8. Lovely post this morning, Silvia! She was a truth teller, for sure.

  9. Oh Silvia, DYNAMITE quotes and so true. One does have to grab on to life. The good, bad, and the ugly… you learn! Thanks!!

  10. “Grab the world by the lapels” — great metaphor. Maya Angelou was so wise — and honest in her writing. Interesting how your post today dovetails so perfectly with Gwynn’s. And I love Pablo Sequero’s art — just beautiful, beautiful and strong images, soft colors. I visited his website. Thanks. Beautifully written and presented, Silvia.

  11. Inspirational – thanks, Silvia!
    Jemima Pett

  12. I love Maya Angelou. :)
    Her quote: “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…” is part of my Facebook, Twitter and Google+ banners.
    I love that pencil illustration…
    Writer In Transit

  13. Thanks Silvia, lovely post, lovely quotes by a great and courageous woman.

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