Rise Up...

Updated: Jun 16

Still I Rise

Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Rise up, it's time to resurrect those forgotten dreams and purposes; we were placed here to fulfill. Now is the time to put aside the fears and negative talk; be that person you were created for. That version you believed was possible to grow up to be; during your childhood. It's time to rise up and live your best life NOW. The fact that you are still here on earth, allows you an opportunity to become the person you have always wanted to be.

For many years as I worked 12 hour shifts, walking the halls of hospitals, caring for patients and family members, I envisioned more for myself. I saw myself, travelling, writing, speaker, coaching/mentoring women. I wanted to inspire, motivate, and encourage people as a vessel of transformation. I turned my dreams into goals, with deadlines. I saw myself coming out of bedside nursing before my 50th birthday. There were many times when I just could not see my way to making that goal. But the resurrection power of Christ within me would not allow my dreams to stay buried within me. I chose to rise up and 3 years prior to my 50th birthday; I walked away from bedside nursing. The opportunity to teach graduate nursing students became available; this was a dream position that I remained in for 2 years.

Back in 2014, I created Paths2transformation which allowed me the platform, to start writing.

Now in 2019, I have completed my first manuscript; making me an official writer. So now I am traveling, inspiring through my writings, speaking, mentoring and coaching, and serving in women's ministries. That woman back in California all those years ago, with dreams transformed into goals, that manifested into reality; has risen into the now me.

I am resurrected and living my best life. I encourage you, right now to do the same. Whatever dreams you have buried inside of you, take a moment, think about it, and then be about it. Resurrect that person; you always wanted to be and "RISE UP!"

~One Love Diane

California Dreaming



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