Monday Motivation – A Library Saved Maya Angelou

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If you’re an avid follower of Stylevitae or more specifically, my own write ups here, you would know these two things, I do love the literary world and I’m a huge fan of Brainpickings.org

This past month has been a roller coaster of emotions for me, health wise, and at some point I was convinced I wouldn’t make it out alive so much so that yesterday night, when it all came to an end I crammed the date just so I would always remember the strength of God’s mercies (Yes, I’m one of those people dates means a lot to).

In the midst of everything, one thing asides God’s faithfulness stayed true- the peace and safety I found in being lost in the pages of any book.

There’s this understated joy that reading a book gives, the pure ecstasy that comes with finding situations that perfectly describe how you’re feeling or have felt at some particular point, the familiarity within when a particular character mirrors you to the tee. It’s a blessed thing about books and only few people have discovered the blessing that books truly give.

One of such people is Maya Angelou.

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In my usual habit of checking up on my fave websites, I came across this article on Brainpickings.org – Maya Angelou on How a Library Saved Her Life.

It brought a familiar smile on my face as I knew just how true this was. In the article,Maria Popova wrote about how, in the autumn of 2010, shortly before Maya Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a research division of the New York Public Library ( Harlem’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture) had acquired her papers.

When Maya visited the NYPL for a public event celebrating the occasion,she sang to illustrate the life-saving role libraries have always played in the lives of the people during the darkest of times and went on to share the story of how a library had saved her own life as a child.

This article also reminded me of a book I totally love, (The Book Thief By Markus Zusakand have read much more than I can count, of the accounts of a young German girl who found love in books, albeit stolen during the World War II.

For Monday Motivation today, I hope this video helps someone out there, who knows the magic contained in libraries, virtual and real, and looks to them to help through a trying time.

 

 

 

Have a beautiful week guys!

 

 

 

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