“I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare”
I interviewed Maya Angelou three times. What an inspiration! Her courageous, heart-felt writing, speaking, acting and campaigning lit up the whole world. One of my treasured possessions is a signed copy of her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. I quote her in almost all my talks and workshops.
Maya’s aim in her great life was to be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Below is a clip from a Maya Angelou Masterclass recorded for the Super Soul Sunday Oprah Show. It’s less than 2 minutes long. Take a time-out. Press play. You’ll be glad you did.
Maya’s great teaching was her example. Maya dared to express herself – and in so many ways as an activist, singer, director, producer, poet and memoirist. As I write my first book of poetry Finding Love Everywhere, I call upon Maya for courage and daring. Maya once said that the decision to write is as enticing as jumping into a frozen lake! Writing is a dare. Being creative is a dare. “I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare,” said Maya.
Maya spoke the truth. A universal truth. In an interview for Time magazine, she said, “I’ve still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa, can say, ‘You know, that’s the truth. I wasn’t there, and I wasn’t a six-foot black girl, but that’s the truth’.”
Thank you, Maya, for being a rainbow in my life. I hope I can be a rainbow too for somebody else. I imagine that will be thanks enough for you.
Today I am giving a 1-day workshop on success intelligence and the inner-life of a leader. The workshop is taking place in Manhattan, and is being hosted by One Spirit. One of the themes I will be exploring is “The Real Yes.”
I believe a leader is anyone who senses the big YES in their belly and immediately goes into labour; Continue Reading
Happy Valentines Day to you. Today is a good day to pay attention to your relationship to love, and to commit to being the most loving person you can be. Make it your intention today to love everyone. Allow yourself to let love in today. Don’t leave yourself out. Loves excludes no one, after all.
To mark this occasion, here is a poem, Falling in Love, which I put inside a card for my wife, Hollie, this morning.
You can fall in love with the same person for the first time at least ten thousand times,
Happy Valentine’s Day to you.
Traditionally, Valentine’s Day is the day we show our love to one special person in our life. This is a lovely thing to do. That said, I feel that Valentine’s Day would be even lovelier if we made it a day to show our love to everyone in our life. Everyone must also include our self too. Maybe we could start a new tradition. Starting from today. Continue Reading