Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Be Daring {Words for my Wednesday}

Last week I shared some words about Summer Season on Wednesday. That was also the day that we learned of Maya Angelou's passing. I shared one of my favorite quotes from her elsewhere on social media that day, but not here. Today, I share it here too, because I love her words. 

 I love this next quote from her too, because it's so true!

Growing up as a shy and quiet girl, I wasn't very daring. I spent the first part of my school years with very few friends and trying to just blend in with the crowd so as not to draw any attention to myself. Then, out of no where, I found a voice and realized that I wanted to be heard. This was in middle school. I didn't want to blend in anymore. I wasn't scared to be different. I crawled out of my shell and became more outgoing with volunteer work, among other things. It opened a whole new set of doors for me. 

Sometimes we may think that we don't matter, but we do.
Sometimes we may think that we can't help, but we can.
Sometimes it's the smallest of things that make the biggest difference.
We need to realize that WE can be the RAINBOW in someone's cloud.

And so I leave you with some more words and hope you remember to be daring!

“Dare to Be

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to be!” 

Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free (from goodreads)

Do you have any favorite words to share with me? Please do with a comment. You know I love to read them!

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Stone Cottage Adventures said...

What wonderful quotes! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Memories for Life said...

Maya Angelou was such an inspiration! Her words will live on for eternity!

Louida Martin said...

I love this post Kim! Maya Angelou is such an inspiration to us all!

katiecupcakes said...

Just beautiful! The world will miss Maya Angelou.

Marlys Folly said...

Wonderful post.. I love the quote try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.. I think these are words that we should all live by.

Natalia Khon said...

Wonderful quotes, just wonderful!

Kelly Rodriguez said...

Love this! My favorite is the rainbow in a cloud...we have profound power to positively influence our world. The small things count. Great post!


holly said...

Love these quotes and the poem. "When times are tough, dare to be tougher" -so inspiring and true!

Kristin Aquariann said...

Marvelous quotes by Maya Angelou! She had such a sweetly strong soul.

Clair said...

Excellent words to live by!

LanasArtStudio said...

I like this quote: "Stop living within the confines of how others define you! You weren't created to live their life; you were created to live yours - so LIVE it!"

Melissa at said...

I love these quotes so much. And Maya Angelou. What a positive force she was (and will continue to be!).