gratitude 30nov13 maya — a hero of mine

maya angelou is a hero of mine. a hero by definition is a person who you admire for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. maya, excels in all of those qualities. i relate to her. i often read her words and think, “within her she speaks to me and every woman.” her words lift, encourage, and make you look at reality.

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one of maya’s writings is called, “what a woman should have.” going through the writing, i was kind of surprised. some were things i hadn’t given much thought to. others were things i knew i should have but do not. others, are only what i have dreamed of, being enslaved by my own boundaries. women, i believe, are programmed to care for others before themselves. esspecially in this holiday season. a reminder that if you are not taking care of you — you won’t be of benifit to others. kind of like the airline rule; put the oxygen mask on yourself first. i thought it might make an excellent 2014 goal list. a challenge i just might take on.

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own, even if she never wants to or needs to…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a youth she’s content to leave behind….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to retelling it in her old age….

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
one friend who always makes her laugh… and one who lets her cry…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal that will
make her guests feel honored…

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE …
a feeling of control over her destiny…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
how to quit a job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
when to try harder… and WHEN TO WALK AWAY…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
that her childhood may not have been perfect…but it’s over…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
what she would and wouldn’t do for love or more…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW….
how to live alone… even if she doesn’t like it…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW..
whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
where to go…be it to her best friend’s kitchen table or a charming Inn in the woods
when her soul needs soothing…

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW…
What she can and can’t accomplish in a day, a month…and a year..

wishing you a delightful weekend.

affectionately yours, Laura

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