What Maya Angelou Taught Me

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I have been a longtime admirer of Maya Angelou.  She has been a favorite of mine ever since my love of poetry blossomed in elementary school.  I tend to revisit a few of her most famous works when I am in need of hope or inspiration.  A couple weeks ago I had the urge to read Phenomenal Woman, Caged Bird and Still I Rise.  Every time I read them I am filled with gratitude that she put these words together.  I feel empowered.

She taught me to never let this cruel world break my spirit.  I am the first one to admit that I am a sensitive soul.  I often think the best of people even when this may not be the case.  I still believe that the world is mostly full of good people.  I am naive.

Sometimes, I wonder if I need to readjust my attitude or maybe adopt a more realistic view of the world and its inhabitants.  But that would require me to change my own character.  When I read quotes from Dr. Maya Angelou I am reminded to keep my head up in a negative world.  I am reminded that I must stay true to myself.  I am reminded that the world needs people who continue to love in an unlovable world.  We are all humans sharing the same space.  It is not a sign of weakness to be kind to unkind people.

So, thank you Maya Angelou for lifting me up when I needed it and reminding me that it’s okay to be me.

 

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Monday Inspiration!

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I took this picture last year at Bell’s.  (Yes, I take a lot of pictures there!) I am IN LOVE with the landscaping.  The front has a lot of lavender and fox glove.  The beer garden has a lot of different types of flowers that are beautiful but not too organized.  I love gardens that look like they weren’t planned.

It’s nice to have a place to go to in the city that’s full of green grass and flowers!  The beer is another draw too.

Happy Monday!

Don’t forget to get your dose of nature!

 

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Picture taken at the Whitetail Hall of Fame in Jackson, MI.

 

Spring is springing!

Yesterday, my boyfriend and I went for a walk at the Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery out towards Mattawan.  It’s quickly becoming one of my favorite places to experience nature.  The hatchery has a series of ponds for fish rearing.  You can feed the fish in the first pond, which is really fun for me as I really enjoy feeding animals.  (Give me some cracked corn and I will feed ducks for hours!  YES, I’m a five year old at heart!)

Besides fish, this hatchery brings in TONS of waterfowl and other birds.  Any place that has a lot of water naturally brings in a lot of creatures.  There were trumpeter swans, geese, ducks, a few unidentified species and birds in FULL-ON spring excitement mode.

It’s in places like this that we get to experience the resilience of Nature.  It’s easy to forget in the city that the season is in fact, changing.  Beyond the dirty sidewalks of Kalamazoo there are trees full of songbirds and flowers pushing through the ground.

Spring signifies hope.  All you have to do is look to nature to see that warmer days are ahead.  Don’t forget to take some time to look around and see that spring has sprung!