The brilliant poet Maya Angelou’s most famous poem is a battle ‘cry’ against the daily army of defeat. We all face it at some point. That moment you get knocked on your ass and feel like giving up. Well, when that happens remember Ms. Angelou’s famous words…

“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. “

No matter what you are up against, no matter how bad and insurmountable the odds may seem, just get up, dust yourself off, and say to your adversary, “Is that all you got?”

Whether it’s a stack of bills piling up by the minute, health problems robbing you of your energy, or depression starting to settle in as you fantasize about giving up. You have to keep fighting. You have to get up. You have to RISE.

You see the truth is, you don’t lose until you give up and you can’t give up if you always get up…every time you get knocked down. It’s not over until YOU say it’s over. It’s time to face the day. Rise, my friend. Rise and shine. Just the sun in morning.

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