April 19, 2011

So I love Maya Angelou.

Love her.


and I madly agree with her on this beautiful idea


she said this on TV once. and I replayed it over and over making sure I wrote it down as accurately as possible.

"... and I've had so many rainbows in my clouds. 

I've had a lot of clouds, but I have had so         many         rainbows. 

and one of the things I do when I step up on a stage, when I stand up to translate, when I go to teach my classes, when I go to direct a movie, I bring everyone who has ever been kind to me with me. black, white, asian, spanish speaking, native american, gay, straight, everybody.

 I say come with me - I'm going on this stage. 

Come with me. I need you now. 

long dead. you see. 

so I dont ever feel I have no help. 

I've had rainbows in my clouds. 

and the thing to do it seems to me. Is to prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. "



on my journey. when someone is kind.
they are with me.

when the manager in the art store opened the doors so I could get framing wire in a pinch after hours.

when my friends carry puppets into cities.

when the little girl on the train walked back to my seat to watch a "real artist" draw

when my dad said I was clever.

when nannying, and a grandma at the park befriended me, and by the time we parted was encouraging me to never stop chasing my dreams.

when my aunt collects fabric for me.

when I was distraught about a sold out exhibition and my friend -without asking- checked the website in the morning hours to make sure there had been no change. and one ticket appeared. and she made it possible for me to get it.

when I was    the. last. person     let into the Jean Claude and Christo artist talk by an usher.

when I get music mixes in the mail for inspiration

when I get support from used-to-be-strangers that feel like best friends in disguise.

when my friend listened to my  post- leaving- office job freak out...  and said- freak out. then go put everything you have into your work.

when my family does...well. everything they do...


and I dont ever feel I have no help.


Debbie B. said...

Beautiful and what a great quote!

Sophie said...

Love this idea! Love Maya Angelou too! Great post!

i love music. almost more than everything.