"When people show you who they are, believe them."
- Dr. Maya Angelou
Mary Angelou was wise from bitter experiences with those less wise and kind than she ...
and from a heart that refused to hate.
"Words are things of great power, I'm convinced," she once told Oprah Winfrey.
"You must be careful about the words you use or the words you allow to be used in your house."
"In the Old Testament, we are told in Genesis that in the beginning was the word. And the word was God, and the word was with God," she explained.
"That's in Genesis. Words are things of power."
Words, she felt, have the power to seep into everything around you.
"I think they get on the walls, they get in your wallpaper, they get in your rugs and your upholstery and your clothes."
Perhaps that is the genesis of ghosts?
Dr. Angelou said. "And, finally, words get into you."
The words you feed into your mind shapes your soul, and your soul fuels your actions, your words, and your dealings with the people in your life.
“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.”
"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.
I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."
― Maya Angelou
What have you learned this week?