Letter to My Daughter—BY Maya Angelou

Letters to My Daughter

I love Maya Angelou’s work. I read this book sailing a 3,000 nautical mile passage from the Galapagos to French Polynesia. I pulled it out after coming close to a point on the earth that is the farthest away from land in all directions. I was questioning what I was running away from. 

She wrote: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking.”

She was a true rainbow in my clouds throughout the end of that passage and I am grateful for her wisdom.

Have you been inspired by a courageous woman or brave book? If so please share your comments below. You never know who it might inspire or where it might lead. 


  1. The recent movie about Maya Angelou, “And Still I Rise” is moving and powerful. What a remarkable woman!

    • admin_laughingatthesky April 21, 2017 at 11:08 pm

      I have loved several of her books and find her such an inspiration. I look forward to watching the movie.

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