30 May 2014
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty” – Maya Angelou
Earlier this week, civil rights activist and poet Maya Angelou passed away, and it got me thinking about some of the insightful things she said and the incredible way she used language to touch the hearts and minds of others.
She was a woman who advocated forgiveness and tried to see the best in people; a woman who came from rough beginnings and rose up to change the world and leave a positive and lasting impact. The quote above serves as a reminder that none of us are perfect. Many influential people who we look up to now have gone through a period of transformation. When we say that someone has a gift, we sometimes fall into the trap of discounting the hours of hard work and practice they have put into developing that skill.
We are all human and we all make mistakes. When we look at someone we respect, it’s easy to forget that they have probably made poor decisions in the past. But, if they’ve used those experiences to change for the better then surely we owe them the forgiveness they will have had to grant themselves.
We should all try to be the rainbow in someone’s cloud.