I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Maya Angelou speak almost a decade ago, as of today. Her warmth and wisdom heavily influenced my radical self-expression practice, and so today, I share what she told me, and honor her willingness to consistently risk expression.
Her message was simple: Say thank you, and then say no.
Saying no can come with some scary what-if’s, and for me, hearing her say that, gave me permission to begin considering my own yes-that-really-meant-no experiences. Her wisdom became part of my regular practice in exploring and honoring my own feelings, and I thank her from the depths of my soul for that.
Rest in Light, Dr. Angelou!