Sorry I’m a day late – story of my life… nothing in the news caught my attention yesterday so I was going to skip it… then this piece of sad news came across my screen. It’s a different kind of sad. Different from the violence in Santa Barbara. Different from the sadness that came over me as I read statements in the press suggesting that the carnage had something to do with Autism. The general evil that exists in the world and the consequences that it has on society often leave me numb after just a few minutes of browsing through reports. This headline was different.
The words induced a unexpected sense of loss. Few celebrities these days have the grace and benevolence that she did.
This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. She had a unique way of speaking to peoples’ soul. The world lost a great voice today. Rest in peace Dr. Angelou.
When I Think Of Death – Maya Angelou
When I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors.
I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else.
I find it impossible to let a friend or relative go into that country of no return.
Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake.
I answer the heroic question ‘Death, where is thy sting? ‘ with ‘ it is here in my heart and mind and memories.’