“When you know better, you do better.” ~Maya Angelou
I once watched Oprah interviewing Maya Angelou as she was describing being the first black conductor on the San Francisco Street Car system. She stated that she went to apply for the job and they wouldn’t give her an application. Her mother told her to go everyday and sit in the office. She went there for two weeks straight and sat in the office reading her book. Finally, the supervisor gave her the job and asked her, “Why do want this job?” She replied, “I like the uniform.” Not because she wantedto be the first black woman conductor!
Sort of like what Rosa Parks did on the bus. She inadvertently started a movement for civil rights when, in actuality, she wouldn’t give up her seat because she was too tired to stand. What brave, strong and courageous women! Maya Angelou’s mother followed her around on the street car to make sure she was OK. Her mother knew enough to let her daughter go but also knew how the world can sometimes be; that’s why she followed her to make sure she was alright.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is let go of something or someone that you love. You want to nurture them, guide them and protect them. There comes a time when you HAVE to
Are you letting go of your friends and children? Are you allowing them to be whom and what they are or are you trying to control their actions and teach them lessons without affording them the opportunity to grow on their own? Love them enough to let them go but dare enough to follow their progress in becoming the best that they can be. That is a nurturing and caring love that is expressed from one who knows Divine love. ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)
“I care enough to let you go, but I dare enough to follow.” ~Maya Angelou