Inspirational Quote from Maya Angelou

Usually, I write an inspirational quote that inspires and feeds the soul. However, this time I thought it would also be nice to add some bio of the person who wrote or said the quote.  So, the Inspirational Quote this week is from a very well known dancer, writer, poet, actress, speaker and African-American activist born as Marguerite Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, who is now famously known as Maya Angelou. Maya was a nickname her brother gave her and later she would marry and divorce Tosh Angelou. She overcame a very difficult childhood in a racially, segregated state. 

She has had an incredibly diverse career and continues to teach, speak on T.V., radio and other forums. She has also worked as a cook, waitress and cable car operator, just to name a few. She spent her early twenties as a dancer, and toured Europe and Africa in the musical Porgy and Bess. She was also editor of African Review in Ghana for several years in which she began to become more active in politics and human rights. She worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X during the Civil Rights Movement. Sadly, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on her birthday. 

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Maya Angelou

I want to share this quote with you not just because it's filled with wisdom and insight, but also because of the simplicity and beauty of its message. I have tried to live by this philosophy and hope to live a long, blessed life - God willing. However, if God was to say, "Hey Reese, it's your time to go." I would say, "God, I'm ready." (Course'....not saying I want to go now :-)) 

Photos that I took of a cherry blossom tree while on a hike in Basilicata. It took our breath away. I hope you take the opportunity to have more moments that take your breath away.

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