A Woman Should Have ...

Saturday, August 23, 2008 |
I had the pleasure of hearing Maya Angelou speak several years ago. She is an amazing women with fascinating insight. At times, it's so simplistic that it speaks volumes.

 It is such a life long lesson.
MAYA ANGELOU'S
A Woman Should Have

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
enough
money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to...


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
something perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams
wants to see her in an hour...


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a youth she's content to leave behind....


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a past juicy enough
that she's looking forward
to retelling it in her old age....


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill,
and... a black lace bra...


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
one friend who always makes her laugh..
and one who lets her cry...


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a good piece of furniture
not previously owned by
anyone else in her family...


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
eight matching plates,
wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE...
a feeling of control over her destiny...


EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to fall in love without losing herself...


EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to quit a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend,
without ruining the friendship...


EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
when to try harder...
and when to walk away...


EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips,
or the nature of her parents...


EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that her childhood may not have been perfect...
but it's over...


EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
what she would and wouldn't do...
for love or more...


EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to live alone...
even if she doesn't like it...


EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...


EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table...
or a charming Inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...


EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...
and a year...


AND REMEMBER:

Be yourself...everyone else is already taken


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7 comments:

Petunia said...

I love Maya Angelou. I once printed out an entire speech of hers to give to a friend who needed to hear it! This friend still carries the speech folded up in her purse with her so she can reread it every time she needs inspiration!

Kacey said...

I LOVE THIS! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Tanja said...

I love this...what a great reminder! Thanks and have a great night.

Kris said...

I really love this. It's worth reading and re-reading every now and again to keep a girl on track!

mysteryhistorymom said...

What wonderful words...
We lived in Groton abut 16 years ago when we were first married. My husband was in submarine school (he is a Naval Academy graduate) and we loved visiting Mystic. The memories...:-)
Lori

Caffeine Court said...

I haven't read this in a long time, thanks for sharing it! I'm going to print it out so I can read it every morning.

KARIN said...

I love that woman! I can't wait to share her with my daughter one day!

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