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Maya Angelou’s Take on Resilience

Good morning :)

Anyone who really knows me…knows I am passionate about resilience. More importantly, today I recently received an email on Educational Leadership “Resilience in Learning” September issue. The concept of resilience is “rocking and rolling” around the country. In fact, evidence of the rocking and rolling is in several national publications.

In the September issue of Educational Leadership, Maya Angelou discusses “how does resilient develop and how we (as educators) can instill it in others?” Maya recalls her personal experiences with resilience, having overcome a “difficult” childhood and other daunting obstacles including poverty and racial prejudice.

Maya Angelou’s comments’ on resilience in “Handle with Care” is congruent with the growing body of social science research on the development of resiliency.

  • “If we have someone who loves us unconditionally, then it’s easy to be resilient.”
  • Resilience and dignity are inextricably entwined…”Dignity means what I have to say is important.”
  • Another meaning for dignity is “I deserve the best treatment I can receive…and I have the responsibility to treat others as I want to be treated.”
  • Resilience is universal.
  • Teachers need to “teach because it’s your calling…and both the child and the information with care…and maybe with prayer.”

Take Aways:

Ms. Angelou’s comments reinforce the resiliency research finding that communicates “an alternative mirror approach.” I see what is right about you. This my friend communicates dignity!

Coach U:
What was the most important point that stood out to you? Why?

Source: Educational Leadership (2013) Resilience in Learning


Until Next Time, 

An Educator’s Personal Coach 

Coach Marcia

Are you loving what you do?



Love what you do! ;)

A friend of mine posted on her Facebook Page “they say when you love what you do. It doesn’t feel like work. Enjoying the Cengage Team College Survival Conference in New Orleans.”

Do you resonate with the statement? I do…I absolutely love what I do; I love writing, serving, coaching and motivating others. But most of all,  I love all the things God has created me to be!  As I approach the final days, of the 30 day Blogathon! It has been an amazing experience :) I hope you have enjoyed the ride as well.

Something to think about it:

My mom recently told me my Great Uncle Joe” passed away at the age of 91. I thought to myself, “wow, he lived a full life.” Are you living life to the fullest?  Perhaps, Mark Twain said it best: “it isn’t the things we did we most regret; its the things we didn’t do.” Are you regretting anything now? Do you love what you do? If not, there is still time to pursue your dream. Last year, my friends and I read the book “Successful Women Think Differently,” by Valorie Burton. Today, this book continues to encourage and empower me to keep pursuing what I love! Valorie identified Seven Choices individuals must make to change their life! I hope you resonate with at least one of seven choices, find your passion and pursue what you love:)

Seven Choices to guide you in doing what you love ;) 

  • Choice #1 Do not downsize your dreams
  • Choice #2 Focus on solutions, not problems
  • Choice #3 Choose to be authentic
  • Choose #4 Choose courage over fear
  • Choice #5 Choose relationships and nurture them intentionally
  • Choice #6 Actively seek feedback and use it grow
  • Choice #7 Know your purpose and take daily action in the direction of your VISION today! 

Seven choices adapted from Successful Women Think Differently, by Valorie Burton.

Stretch U:

Out of the seven choices, what choice do you resonate with the most? Why?


Choose one choice and take bold steps toward doing what you love today.

Until next time, 

Coach Marcia (An Educator’s Personal Coach)