I got to hear Maya Angelou speak on a rainy day in Toronto last week. I had a view from the very top! No seriously, I was sitting in the very last row of Roy Thompson Hall, one of my favourite places in Toronto. Even from up there, the experience was intimate and inspiring. She started the night saying, "Be a rainbow in somebody's cloud." Her message was one of taking care of each other and recognizing yourself in the pain and hardship of every man and woman. At 83, Angelou was frail in body but her mind was sharp! Donned in a beautiful red dress, she sang, recited poetry and had us laughing.
The one thing she said that has stayed with me since that night was, " We get up again. That's one of the things about falling down."
Another rainy today in Toronto brought with it beautiful rainbows and I was reminded of her spirit once again. Thank you Maya.