|One of Chynna's bookshelves|
She wrote many poems and books in her lifetime. One of my favorites is Letter to My Daughter. It is a beautiful collection of stories from her life and the lessons she learned from those experiences. She is open and candid on everything from her difficult childhood to the relationships she endured to the birth of her son all the way to her forgiveness for those who hurt her along the way.
She showed her inner strength, courage and resilience to continue moving forward even when the odds against her were stacked extremely high...or when the dream seemed too far out of reach...or even when bias, sexism, and racism tried obstructing her view. She hurt and shed many tears, as all of us do, but never allowed her soul to be broken.
The title of this book is a bit misleading as she never had a daughter. The book is for all of us she considered her "daughters": girls, young women, women of all races, creeds, religions and backgrounds. Her stories and poems are for us - reminders that no matter what our past says, we can become everything we are meant to be and more.
Although she has been gone for several years now, it feels as though she hasn't quite left. Her wisdom still flows through many of us, her quotes shared all over the world. Even though I never had the true blessing of meeting with her in person, I am so grateful for her influence, inspiration and undying wisdom.
In these uncertain times, it helps to turn off the madness for a little while and fill our hearts with something positive. And you will definitely find that within every Maya Angelou work.
She will never know the true impact she had on so many of us and I, for one, am proud to be one of her "daughters".
Stay healthy and safe, my friends.