Down but not out…

Dr Maya Angelou- truly a phenomenal woman..

Every now and again you go through ‘stuff’…Stuff that may not necessarily be deemed as life or death but it is still ‘stuff’ nonetheless. I am referring to the stuff that makes you sigh, the stuff that makes you fight back the tears when they are willing you to let them fall. The stuff that gives way to that little thought and it may not be full-fledged but it still crosses your mind nonetheless. It is the one thought that we will have to contend with at least once in our lifetime…it is the thought of QUITTING…Yup… the thought of packing it all in, quitting that 9-5 and eloping (ok well maybe eloping might be a little too extreme) but it’s when you have gotten to that point when you really begin to question whether all the stress over your job, aspirations, goals, family, dreams, studies, moving home, moving out, moving in, fiancé, girlfriend/boyfriend…etc is worth it? Like no is it really  worth it?!’ And if you come from a strong line of women and/or family like I do then you are not allowed to cry, you are told to suck it up and get on with it…

And if that wasn’t enough, when you are in the faith, it can sometimes be deemed as talking negatively if you openly admit that well…it all gets a bit much at times…And make no mistake, I am acutely aware that the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10) and He most certainly is but is it ok for me to just say it out loudly that well…sometimes you are just…tired? Physically and mentally?! Phew…nice to finally get it off my chest. And it doesn’t mean that you don’t have faith it just means you’re human…nothing more, nothing less. So I decided to share two things that have given me strength over the past couple of weeks. And if you are going through one of those lulls in life where it just seems like ‘stuff’ is getting on top of you then I hope it will help you too:

1) The Bible (the most efficacious book ever. Period) – but in particular this amazing verse which shows that sometimes things will get a bit much but there is always hope:

2 Corinthians 4:8-9:

‘We are hard pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair. Persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed…’

2) Phenomenal Woman by Dr Maya Angelou– I love this poem not only because I am quite a big fan of Dr Maya Angelou’s work but because she had the most turbulent childhood, but still managed to overcome obstacles triumphantly without a trace of bitterness. I have included it below so enjoy….You might be down for now but you’re not out; that light is still flickering…. Until the next time beautiful people…xxx

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou


17 thoughts on “Down but not out…

  1. Missladyinwaiting says:

    Yes… very true and we as Christian brothers and sisters need to be there to share these times and lift one another up because we ALL go through them – large faith or little faith!

  2. Sis. says:

    Very beautiful and very well said. Much more what a beautiful verse to end it with, and that poem is my favourite too. Ms Angelou depicts a species of beauty, not because we try but because we were born this way. And we have plenty to recognise in the depths of our strengths as women. We can either embrace ourselves as a strong being, and fulfill our purpose here once recognizing there’s little we cannot do.. or quit. Lol aint over til the fat lady sings.. and aint no fat lady singing round here but me. Love.

    • ladywriteschronicles says:

      Looool. Love your comment Anneka especially the part about embracing ourselves as strong beings and I think that is too true. Women are too strong and sometimes I think we dont realise it. And yes mam!! Anit no fat lady singing round here for sure!! lol. Thanks for reading it chick; appreciate it. xx

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    • ladywriteschronicles says:

      No worries at all. Thank you so much for stopping by and reading it Olga; very much appreciated; dont take it for granted! I will keep writing as much as possible. God bless. xxx

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  4. prospectivepsychologist says:

    This was a great post I am not sure I have not been following all this while. continue to write sister and empower us all!

    • ladywriteschronicles says:

      Thanks alot Adeola! Much appreciated. I will continue writing as much as I can, God willing…xxx feel free to follow the blog too that way you won’t miss when I do a post. Xx

  5. Onah says:

    I came back to read this again! Been going through a rough patch but reading this inspires me.
    You haven’t blogged in a while. waiting for a new post! 🙂

    • ladywriteschronicles says:

      Onah, whatever it is your going through know that quitting is NOT an option!! Glad this piece helped; I wrote it when I was going through a very rough patch myself. And thanks so much for the push and for making writing worthwhile! I definitely have a new piece that I am hoping to upload in the coming week! 🙂 Keep fighting xxxx

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