Maya Angelou and Great Thinking

“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.”

— Maya Angelou

We are the sum of our thoughts. Our thoughts are shaped by the people we meet and the ideas we allow to dominate our thoughts. We move in the direction of our dominant thoughts and too often are unaware of where are thoughts are taking us.

Great living, contribution and achievement are born out of great thinking. Nothing great was ever created from a mind filled with negativity, pessimism, cynicism, bitterness, anger, or doubt. Great thinking begins with an awareness of your self-talk.

Self-talk that focuses on hope and faith generates solutions. Great thinking fuels your ability to stretch yourself and discover what you are capable of being, doing, and contributing. Great thinkers consistently seek solutions and surround themselves with encouraging people and resources.

Surround yourself with and immerse yourself in the great thoughts of great achievers and it will help fuel your own great thinking.

Maya Angelou, a great thinker, prolific author, and achiever passed away today. Here are just a few of the great thoughts she penned that are worth holding on to and sharing. Words of encouragement, inspiration, hope, faith, and love to help you shape your great thinking.

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

“Nothing works unless you do.”

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”

“My mother said I must always be intolerant but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its designation full of hope.”

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”

“There is a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.”

“History despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

“Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”

“While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.”

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