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4 life lessons by Dr. Maya Angelou that changed me 1 day.

4 life lessons by Dr. Maya Angelou that changed me in 1 day.

Many talents in one!

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I found a woman who has so much to give to the world with her different talents and gestures. From 1 week I am continuously searching about Dr. Maya Angelou — The black women creator. After knowing her from Forbes magazine interview and extremely excited after exploring her profession in past the she is only a writer, a poet, and a freelance writer, which we all are performing on medium.

After knowing about her different talents which she performed throughout her life, I can’t imagine whether she is a woman or an angel from heaven who is born to prove them an example to the world:

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

I am seriously inspired by her enormous talents like:

  • An American-African Author.
  • Dancer
  • Screenplay writer.
  • director
  • civil rights activist.
  • Actress
  • 3 Grammy winner ( for her audiobook – on the pulse of morning, phenomenal women, and flung up to heaven).

After wards, I came to know about her childhood and past stages of life which were challenging and filled with many discrimination in it. She also wrote her autobiography named “ I know why the caged bird sings’ (1969 non-fiction) in which she discussed her childhood and the reality of sexism and racism in her early years of life which made me curious about her whole life story and changed my attributes towards life, people, love and work.

Here are some Practices and beliefs of her life which influenced me and my daily living:

Everybody is great, Not you only

According to Angelou, Everybody in this colorful world has something to offer with his/her experiences of life. Each one is powerful and great in his beautiful journey of life.

“ A leader see greatness in other people; you can’t be much of a leader if all you sees in yourself” — Dr. Maya Angelou.

Born in 1928 in St.Louis, USA. she experienced discrimination against her race and color, which resulted in many setbacks in life and situations made her write about many poems and books on these, she writes real in her pieces.

From her stories I have learned we living in the era where we should share our stories with truth and confidence rather than hiding our setbacks or struggles because they will inspire other one’s to grow in every phase of life and never be discouraged, we must feel free to share our opinions with other around us.

The poem’s like “Phenomenal Women” (1995) of her’s depict the lesson that society thinks of the beauty of the woman lies in her body parts but it’s her in confidence and soul which made her attractive in the world.

And still I rise ( 1978) is about her struggles in life despite soo many challenges, she still moved on and rise. Society was against her and without parent’s support, she became a shining star in the world as an example.

Believe in your future and love.

As her parent’s divorced when she was young and faced sexual assault at 7 years of age by her mother’s boyfriend which impacted her mental health too and this incident made her mute for 5–6 years according to the book she wrote. But she never loosed hope for her coming future. The afterward, she started living in her grandmother’s house with her elder brother.

“I can be changed by what happens to me. I refused to be reduced by it”- her words.

She writes “Mom and me and mom” which explains the disturbing relationship with her mom in her childhood but also the importance of the parents when they are no more, which strikes me a lot.

I learned how in a bad phase she decided to experience life lessons rather than giving up and also write about them with confidence and courage in herself.

Never think of suicide despite she is assaulted and discriminated based on her race, color, and background, she managed to flourish her life.

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option”- Maya Angelou.

Don’t bring negative to your door.

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During world war 2 she moved to San Francisco, California. Her concentration pays and she got a scholarship to study dance and drama at Labor school. She learned many jobs in her life started with a cable car conductor and also became The first black female to do so.

As she is performing Drama in her school and then she got her first album Miss calypso(1957) which made her a versatile actor and dancer too in her life, the album got worldwide famous because of her acting and interaction skills with the audience.

Supported black movement and joined “ Revolution Returnees” with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King jr. in the 1960’s in Africa and there she worked as writer and freelance writer. Written “ His day is done” (1962) on Nelson Mandela’s journey from Africa to London. This incident made her a civil rights activist and gave her more real stuff to write on.

From his journey as a writer, I have learned she is real throughout and constant in her work which made her honors.

Write with full courage and truthfulness that will give you much better results and fame.

“ If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”-Maya Angelou.

“People know themselves much better then you do. That’s why it’s important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are”

Don’t let other’s ruin you, respect yourself first in sync with your talents.

From a dancer to speaking about The president “Bill Clinton” in 1993 by reciting her written poem “ on the pulse of morning” which bought her 3 big honors.This shows how she changed her life from 0 to 100 with her dedication and courage which teaches in every stage of life you must discover a new you.

See hard times as opportunities to discover a new you. Don’t hesitate to try new things whether it’s in your profession or personal life, it might bring you achievements and on to your portfolio. Like she is a director and actor because of her story writing knowledge. And a civil rights activist because she is gone through discrimination.

“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love” -Maya Angelou.

She got divorced 2 times but he nourished her son as best she could do.

I learned from him whether it is a sad phase never through your negativity to your loved ones whom you get up within the morning, just give them a smile of love and care.

Died on May 28, 2014 in Northern California.

DR. Maya Angelou — A great woman with many professions.

Who you all must know about.

Thanks, Timothy Key.

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There is only one key to Peace

and it’s a hard pill to swallow

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“To sin by silence, when we should protest,
Makes cowards out of men”- Ella Wilcox

Someone has rightly said, ‘the aim of war is peace’. ‘Day’ can’t be reached without going through the ‘night’. Silence has no meaning without the existence of noise. ‘Highs’ in life have no meaning without the ‘lows’. Mountains are only possible because there is the existence of valleys.

“If all nights are legendary then no nights are legendary”- Ted Mosby

But the mind of man has always wanted to choose between the seeming opposites. He wants happiness and to do away with pain. He wants to have peace and escape the tension. He desires to protect good and destroy evil but he fails to understand that when he saves good, evil survives too. Happiness can only be felt because there was suffering. That’s why without violence, peace cannot be achieved.
Man longs to accept the light and deny darkness. He craves to cling to pleasure and to shun pain and from these choices arises duality, which brings conflict and pain. To end this conflict, he has to accept the mutual existence of opposites.
That’s why,


Long term peace is unattainable without violence. According to Newton’s First Law of motion too, an object will remain in motion unless acted upon by an external force. You can only think of ending violence using non-violence but you’ll never succeed without external force.
It’s wrongly propagated that India got independence due to Gandhi’s non-violence. In reality, WW2 brought Britain down on its knees and it was more feasible for it to leave the colonies than waste its resources in ruling such vast regimes. So, violence in WW2 was the cause whose effect was the independence of India and not mere non-violent public Movements.

In terms of war too, we want to choose. We want to keep peace and eliminate conflict and struggle but the route to peace goes through conflict and struggle. The war here doesn’t only mean conventional war but also the war against everything oppressing- Racism, Sexism, Poverty, etc. Similarly, Violence doesn’t only mean raising arms but also raising a voice.

I am not a supporter of war for war’s sake like Hitler was:

I’m not a warmonger. I’m just saying escaping war and violence is not always the right answer.
You should make every effort possible to avoid war and violence but never escape the war at the cost of life, truth, and freedom. That’s why the #blacklivesmatter movement is right in every sense.
I am not a pacifist who advocates non-violence even when the action has to be taken against terrorist organizations or oppressive regimes. After all, there should be a limit to our efforts to avoid war.
Answer this honestly, You want to avoid war and violence so that it does not hurt people and harm life, But what if the life itself is hurt and harmed or is on the verge of extinction by prevention of the war?
Then prevention has no meaning.
You want to prevent war so that peace is preserved But is it sensible to raise voice against war if peace suffers because of it?

If the time comes when for the good of mankind war becomes necessary,-and such time always comes-then it is really bad to fight the war with a reluctant and heavy heart.
A defensive mind will never be able to gather the strength and intelligence necessary to win a war. Additionally, your inaction will only raise the morale of the oppressors.
Don’t forget that most of the countries were enslaved by the attackers or became colonies of powerful countries because they were too reluctant to fight a war. Similarly, poverty and mediocrity in life is nothing but the result of a lack of courage and fearlessness in our lives.

“There are costs and risks to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” -John F. Kennedy

Be against violence and starting the war but don’t be afraid of it. One who is afraid of war is afraid of life itself.

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Those who think war is just destructive have a parochial view

Everything has good as well as bad consequences. Without good effects, bad effects are simply not possible, and vice versa. Our vision is sometimes too short to see either the good outcomes or the bad ones. Technology, religion, superstition, or war-everything has bad and good effects in proportion.
War has played the biggest role in the development of civilization. The roads and highways you see today were first built to facilitate the movement of the armies. The houses and buildings you see today are just a refined form of castles that were initially built to keep the enemy out. Technological advancement of America or China is the result of preparedness for war.
The worst affected countries in WW2 are among the most developed economies in the world today.
How? you ask,
See, War creates such a state of tension in the mind of a man and presents such challenges, that his dormant energies are shaken to the root and as a result, he awakens and acts. His fight or flight response makes him take hard decisions and risk anything for the sake of the survival of his kind.
In this way you can say, fear is also a good thing. It makes you alert. It tells your brain to function in full capacity because you might be onto something important. Without necessary fear, you will take the otherwise fatal situation very lightly.
Hence fear is not a bad thing in itself. How you react in the presence of fear makes it bad or good for you. The same goes for war. War brings forth dynamism. We can afford to be lazy in times of peace only. But challenges like war bring out the best in us.

For example, we might have a vaccine for Covid-19 in 6–10 months which would otherwise take years for development.
Similarly, the Wright brothers were never able to perfect the plane. Curtiss on the other hand not only perfected it but also made millions because his company manufactured planes for the U.S army. By the end of World War I, the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company claimed to be the largest aircraft manufacturer in the world and produced 10,000 aircraft during that war, and more than 100 in a single week Whereas Wright brothers went bankrupt.

Non-violence is sometimes more torturous than violence :

Pain from non-violence is longer and inevitable too. Physical injuries heal with time. But You can’t do anything about psychological pain stemmed from your inaction. The reaction is only possible when there is some action. In violence, there is a possibility of ending the pain by indulging in counter-violence and ending the war, once and for all.

However, you can’t do anything about non-violence because there is no action. If you’ll use force, you’ll again suffer from psychological pain of using the action on someone non-violent. And if you don’t, you have to adhere to any demand of non-violent person which you don’t want to or can’t.
That’s why silent treatment by your spouse or girlfriend is so hard to bear. It’s non-violent but more torturous psychologically.

Don’t wear the mask:

Somebody asked the Joker,’ Why do you wear the mask on your face?’
He replied,
‘Everyone wears it, Mine is visible to the Naked eyes’

We all cover our ugliness with beautiful words. Our cowardice is hiding behind our talks of non-violence. Our fear of death is disguised by our opposition to violence. Our refusal to fight necessary wars will simply be seen as the invitation to wage war on us. It will result in slavery and oppression. History tells us, One who refuses to fight will be attacked by an external power, who will then make them their slaves. Eventually, they’ll be forced to join their armies and fight their wars.
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche also argues that Christianity had appeared in the late Roman Empire in the minds of timid slaves, who had lacked the required endurance which is needed for anything one wants in life and so had adhered to a philosophy that made a virtue of their cowardice. He further says,

“In the Christian value system, sexlessness is turned into purity; weakness became goodness; and submission to people one hated became obedience.”

For my whole life, I was like Hindu God Ram. I never stepped out of my limits. I sacrificed everything for my principles and my character even my happiness, dignity, and peace of mind.

Then one day I realized, I need to be like Hindu God Krishna. I need to accept life as a whole. The serenity, peace, happiness, and growth of life were in choicelessness. That is to accept life unconditionally- right and wrong, Day and night, good and evil, war and peace, violence, and non-violence.
Life is full of ‘either’ and ‘or’-Black or white, yes or no, love or hate. It is polar.

And the key to Ideal life is maintaining a balance between the two.

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