Just Do Right

Words of Dr. Maya Augelou

Maybe the hardest part is

If you teach, you have to live your teaching


You can’t say you do not as I do but do as I say

No No 

You have to say I’m doing my best to live what I teach

I have a painting by Phoebe of a group that she calls us to Sookie’s funeral and all the women there about nine women and they all look like women in my grandmother’s prayer meeting group

So whenever I’m obliged to do something, I take that painting and I look at that painting

There’s an empty chair and I think now: what would grandma do? What would she say? I can almost hear her voice say “Nice sister you know what’s right. Just do right. You don’t really have to ask anybody.”

The truth is, Right may not be expedient 

It may not be profitable 

But it will satisfy your soul

It brings you the kind of protection that bodyguards can’t give you 

Try to be all you can be 

To be the best human being you can be 

Try to be that in your church and in your temple

Try to be that in your classroom 

Do it because it is right to do

You see, people will know you and they will add their prayers to your life 

They’ll wish you well

I think if your name is mentioned and people say “oh hell oh damn” and then you’re doing something wrong 

But if your name is mentioned, people say, “oh she’s so sweet” “he’s so nice oh” “God bless her” 

There you are.

So try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity 

Take up the battle

Take it up

It’s yours

This is your life 

This is your world

I‘ll be leaving it long before you under the ordinary set of circumstances

You make your own choices, 

You can decide life isn’t worth living and that will be the worst thing you can do 

How do you know, So far?

Try it.


So pick it.

Pick up the battle and make it a better world

Just where you are

Yes and it can be better and it must be better 

But it’s up to us

Link: http://youtu.be/8PXdacSqvcA


  1. A great way to wrap up a simple message, “do right” it isn’t easy, especially since we all don’t know what’so actually right or wrong… We just try. And so the message is to TRY to do what right, at least until we know the right thing to do. Wonderful and mature write up.

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