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Since the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou, her quotes have been posted everywhere. From Twitter to Facebook, my newsfeed and timeline has been filled with everyone’s favorite quotable from her. Like everyone else, I definitely have my favorites. There are actually too many to list here. I came across this one a couple of days ago. I’m not sure I’d heard anyone mention it before.

be prepared

It sounds great! I think I immediately re-tweeted, liked it and copied it to encourage myself later. It was just the thing I needed to keep me motivated that everything I wanted was mine. I only needed to ask. Whoot whoot!

I took another look at the quote though. When looking at it again, I saw it differently. I saw the work behind this quote that I didn’t see the first time *tire screech*.  The thing is, I took this and ran with at first. It’s easy to just see the surface of it. We ask for what we want and just wait. Boom! That thing I asked for appears. Nice! But I couldn’t stop there. Oh no! I couldn’t let it be pretty and magical. I had to take it a step further. Ugh!

When I looked at it again, the quote had a different meaning.  My guess is the the intent of this quote is to remind us to do the work.

This spoke to me so much as a mama! I have a million things I want to do and pursue. It seems like having babies only made that number multiply. This quote is a reminder to me. The life I want, the passion in my belly and the dream I can’t shake – they take work!  <– {tweet this} Once I’ve done the work though, it’s as simple as making the request and it’s mine. It’s that whole idea of luck. It’s really preparation and opportunity meeting, right? Not exactly hocus pocus, but still so worth it!

Had you heard this quote before? What passion are you working on?

48 comments on “It’s All in How You See it…”

  1. I love Mama Maya! She is the Queen Midas of words. Everything she said was golden. I’m a firm believer in doing the work required to seeing your dreams come true and trusting God for the rest.

  2. I have not heard of this quote before but it makes perfect sense both ways that you look at it.. My passion right now is to just live each day and try to be the best I can be.

  3. I hadn’t heard this quote before. I love it as well and the photo is fantastic! Right now I am working on trying to take hold of my finances and be more successful in general, spiritually, as a wife, as a Mom, and so on. I am trying to manage my time better and live more purposefully.

  4. I have not heard of this quote before but I like it. I take this quote as meaning…if you are going to ask and want for something and you receive it, you better darn well be ready for it and take advantage of it. Don’t blow it. You will only get that one chance.

  5. I have a third meaning for this. Ask what you want, and be prepared to get it. It’s not always as pleasant as we think, it’s not always pure happiness. Sometimes getting what we ask is the worst thing that can happen to us.

  6. Love that quote Camesha (and how you designed it!). Maya overcame so much, becoming an inspiration to countless women and men. I think what drew others to her was her unwavering belief that society, and people on a whole, can become more – better, wiser, more giving and she worked tirelessly towards that end. May we never forget her legacy.

  7. I love her quotes. She was wise beyond her years. I’m working on going on our 21st anniversary date! 🙂

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