“You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells Pumping in my living room. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops. Weakened by my soulful cries. Does my haughtiness offend you? Don’t you take it awful hard ‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines Diggin’ in my own back yard. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I’ve got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise Up from a past that’s rooted in pain I rise I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.” ~Maya Angelou

Thanks to Do It Girl for this post.

Beloved and prolific American author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died at 86. The world has lost such a beautiful light today and I would like to take this moment to honor her for all the amazing gifts she so generously shared with us throughout her life. I will forever be touched and inspired by her beautiful soul.

Beloved and prolific American author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died at 86. The world has lost such a beautiful light today and I would like to take this moment to honor her for all the amazing gifts she so generously shared with us throughout her life. I will forever be touched and inspired by her beautiful soul.

“I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.” ~Maya Angelou

You Love not because that person belongs to your family. You love not because he is of the same religious belief as you. You love not because he is your son, she is your daughter or your wife. You Love because that person needs to be Loved. That’s all. You Love without conditions whatsoever. It means unconditional love. You Love in order to bring relief to that person, to transform the suffering in that person, to offer joy to him, to offer happiness to him because he needs that.. You don’t ask for anything in return… ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

You Love not because that person belongs to your family. You love not because he is of the same religious belief as you. You love not because he is your son, she is your daughter or your wife. You Love because that person needs to be Loved. That's all. You Love without conditions whatsoever. It means unconditional love. You Love in order to bring relief to that person, to transform the suffering in that person, to offer joy to him, to offer happiness to him because he needs that..  You don't ask for anything in return...  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Source ~ Sageword

Love these guys at the Food is Free project based in Austin, Texas. They are doing so many awesome things to bring about real change and have been inspiring countless others to rethink food and community. Check out this empowering speech given by one of the founders at the March against Monsanto on Saturday. The food revolution is unstoppable!!

“It was exciting to share the ideas and vision of Food is Free Project with so many passionate and fired up people at the March Against Monsanto in Austin. We shared over 7,000 free organic seedlings and started some amazing conversations about simple ways to take action in our communities. Onward!”