On Mother’s Day: a Letter to the Daughter I Never Had. ~ Maya Angelou

Via Tara Lemieux
on May 12, 2013
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Maya Angelou

Today is Mother’s Day—and my self-appointed day of rest.

I was greeted by the cheerful smile of my most beautiful daughter, who giggled as she said, “Today is your day, Mom!”

Indeed, today is my day.

And though, I’m not one for fabulously-flashy formalities…I do believe I will indulge in a day tucked away all to myself.

I’ve dinner already planned, and a shortcake to share thanks to my garden.

The house has been tidied up just a bit (keeping in mind that there’s nothing wrong with a little dust now and again.)

My coffee is waiting for me, along with my most favorite book.

Yoga today? We’ll see—I’ll let you know how it goes.

But for now, I wanted to wish all of the moms out there—a day filled with a most blissful contentment.

Because, my dears, you have earned it.

I’m going to cheat a little this morning, and offer to you these most brilliant words on life and living—penned by author, Maya Angelou, and written to the daughter she never had:

“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. You might find a new solution.

Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood.

Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.”

Happy Mother’s Day—now, let’s be certain to do something wonderful for humanity.

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 Ed: Kate Bartolotta


About Tara Lemieux

Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, and faithful stargazer. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered (or, at the very least, mostly not-uncovered.) When she’s not writing, you can find her walking in the woods and sometimes changing the way we look at things, one simple moment at a time. You can contact her at via her website Mindfully Musing or, take one second to "LIKE" her on Facebook at Tara's Facebook Page. Or email her directly at [email protected]. All roads will lead to one home, and rest assured she (and Nudnick, the wonder dog) would LOVE to hear from you.


2 Responses to “On Mother’s Day: a Letter to the Daughter I Never Had. ~ Maya Angelou”

  1. Lacy says:

    Love this post, Tara! (enjoy that book and cup o'joe!)

  2. Tara Lemieux says:

    Thank you, Lacy ~ this is my plan 🙂