"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."
Speaker: African-American writer Maya Angelou (1928-2014)
Author of "Still I Rise" and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
African American writer, poet (and dancer and activist, etc.) Maya Angelou knew about the importance of having a rainbow to brighten up your life. In her life time, she overcame a lot of dark times--her parents' divorce at a young age, being raised by a grandmother, dealing with poverty and racism, being a victim of sexual assault, feeling guilty and not talking for years for a murder she didn't truly cause, and teen pregnancy. These are all included in her life's hardships. So she knows a thing or two about needing hope and needing other humans to help us get through life's hardships, and the words above are some wisdom she gave her good friend Oprah a few years before she died.
Who is someone that has been a rainbow for you? (Even a stranger can count.)
Renegade Challenge: Be a rainbow for someone who doesn't expect it--maybe someone whose life is a little cloudy.