Reflections From The Heart

Candle Light Vigil

Today I decided to post a creative image that I put together with the thought of combining the animal that has most helped me to heal emotionally and spiritually, together with my thoughts of the passing of Maya Angelou. If you look close you can see the reflection of a candle in the eye of this horse. I light this candle for Maya Angelou, whose words, thoughts, and inspiration helped me as a young girl and teenager discover who I am and the potential of who I can be no matter what anyone says or does to me.

May 28, 2014, I heard on the news that Maya Angelou passed away. I was saddened to hear this news, because I guess I just thought that Ms. Angelou would live forever, unrealistically of course. Fortunately she left with us her many inspirational and insightful writings. Some of her writings made such an impact on me that I guess I felt close to her even though I had never met her.

The first of Maya Angelou’s books I ever read was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Although this book was published when I was only two-years old, I read it as a teenager after hearing about her on a television show. I hadn’t even heard of her before, despite the fact that she had already earned several awards. This was back before cable or satellite TV existed and I don’t even recall which show I had seen her, but just hearing her speak made a huge impact on me. It was then I found myself searching the bookstore to grab one of her books. I didn’t even know which one I wanted to begin reading first. There were so many to choose from, but the premise of this particular book stood out to me. The long and short of my own story is that through her writings I somehow felt empowered and gained some self-confidence I hadn’t had before. Because of some of her writings I discovered inner acceptance of myself for who I am. Thank you Maya Angelou for leaving a legacy of strength, love, and inspiration. I will miss you.

You can view her biography on her official website at