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That Angami Girl: Be a rainbow in someone's cloud

Friday, 20 November 2015 11:24
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Diethono Nakhro

 

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think.

- Maya Angelou

 

In her 2011 appearance on 'Oprah's Master Class', Maya Angelou explained where she first heard the 'rainbow in the clouds' metaphor, which comes from a 19th-century African-American song 'God put a Rainbow in the Clouds'. In the video below from the episode, Dr Angelou sang the powerful lyric that resonated so strongly with her and spoke about her rainbows.

When it looks like the sun wasn't going to shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds. 

"Imagine!" she marvelled. "I've had so many rainbows in my clouds. I had a lot of clouds, but I had so many rainbows."

Dr. Angelou said she always carried these 'rainbows' with her to her speaking and teaching engagements, whether in a large venue or intimate classroom. "I bring everyone who has ever been kind to me with me," she said. "Black, white, Asian, Spanish-speaking, Native American, gay, straight, everybody. I said, 'Come on with me. I'm going on the stage. Come with me. I need you now.'"

Maya Angelou said she always felt and drew strength from her rainbows. "I don't ever feel I have no help," she said. "I had rainbows in my clouds."

She also encouraged people to apply the "rainbow in the clouds" philosophy to their own lives.

"The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God -- if they call God at all," she chuckled. "I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think." (Check out the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nYXFletWH4)

Such inspiring words from a truly inspiring woman………it inspires me to be a better me. 

I too have had so many clouds, but I've also had so many rainbows along the way. Me, you……. everyone is dealing with their own clouds - their own struggles, pains, grief, frustrations and difficulties. Just as so many people have been rainbows in my clouds, it is my hope that my actions and presence will be a rainbow in someone else's cloud. 

Diethono Nakhro pens down 'stuff on her mind' in her online blog www.thatangamigirl.com


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