We are only as blind as we want to be.

Maya Angelou said that. At least I think she said it, maybe she wrote it. To be honest, I was drawn to the words first, and then I Googled who said them. You can’t always trust the internet to get quotes, or the quoted correctly, but I feel confident these are her words.

She had a way of taking something seemingly complicated and stirring it down to honest and true. I am not sure I have read one thing by Maya Angelou, poem or story, that didn’t reach into my chest and demand I pay attention. She has been a steady guiding light in my life.

I do not participate in organized religion. I don’t have a minister, preacher, or spiritual guide. I have Maya Angelou, Anna Quindlen, and Robert Fulgham. Their words have taught me how to live a life that honors myself and those around me. Words are incredibly powerful that way.

To be clear, I don’t always heed their advice. I try. I get up every morning and give it my best shot until I fall asleep. I fail often, but I do the work.

We are only as blind as we want to be.

One more stepping stone of wisdom beyond, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya said that too.

Knowing brings with it a particular responsibility, a duty to say something. Doesn’t it?

Standing up can be difficult on a world stage or at a dining room table. It is not easy to say, “This is not right.”

I tend to be loud. I assume people want to hear what I’ve learned. This is rarely well received.

Maybe it could be said that people are also only as awake as we want to be.

Everyone is on their own journey. I need to stick with mine, my lessons. Not sharing doesn’t make be blind.

I can still see, but I will work on being still.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

Challange accepted, Maya.

That’s all from the laundry room. Not Tonight.


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