Dr. Angelou said she always carried these "rainbows" with her to her speaking engagements. "I bring everyone who has ever been kind to me with me," she said. "Black, white, Asian, Spanish-speaking, Native American, gay, straight, everybody. I said, 'Come on with me. I'm going on the stage. Come with me. I need you now.'"
Whether her "rainbows" were living or had long since passed, Dr. Angelou said she always felt and drew strength from their support. "I don't ever feel I have no help," she said. "I had rainbows in my clouds."
"The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God -- if they call God at all," she chuckled. "I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think."
Be a blessing to somebody...I love that! Prepare yourself so you can be a blessing, a rainbow in somebody's cloud. Especially if there is a day where you are maybe feeling a little down and out, one of the best ways to feel better...to feel good now, to choose happiness, is to be of service to someone else. To be a blessing to someone else. It makes them feel good and it makes you feel good.
She says she takes everyone who has ever been kind to her with her on stage. Can you think of everyone who has ever been kind to you? Just start imagining how many people that would be. Would they fill a room? Would they fill an auditorium? It's a great feeling for me to envision all of the people that I possibly can that have been kind to me. It fills me up with gratitude and love. What a great feeling just to imagine it and what a great feeling to bring them with me whenever I feel that I need some support.
Let's all be a blessing in someone's life this week, or maybe be a rainbow in someone's cloud. I would love to hear your feedback on this post and I would love to hear your stories on how you created some rainbow's of kindness this week!
“God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us- in the dreariest and most dreaded moments- can see a possibility of hope.” Maya Angelo
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