There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate

Sacre Coeur 2010

“There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate, you must keep it pristine clean, so that nobody has the right to curse you, treat you badly, nobody… ‘cos maybe that is the place you go to when you meet God… say ‘no’ when it’s no, say so, back it up because that place has to remain clean and clear…”

The sage words of Maya Angelou.

I tweeted this Youtube video more than a month ago, but feel compelled to write this in order that it remains part of my public journal.

How often have we been tempted to let our integrity slides just a little for something or someone, to let go of our convictions if only for a moment, to permit another by their professed love or misplaced anger to invade our sense of self, to loosen our boundaries of decency, to lie for the sake of a loved one… so many instances when we can choose, and fail to keep ourselves inviolate.

As Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s poem “The Invitation” says,

I want to know if you can
disappoint another
to be true to yourself.
If you can bear
the accusation of betrayal
and not betray your own soul.

It is not selfish to say ‘no’ to keep this place in yourself inviolate. It is an imperative.

This short interview of the late Maya Angelou by Oprah Winfrey is a must watch.  Go on…

 

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