Haters-Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is one of those poets i always look up to,and hope that someday,I’ll be able to be half as good as her.She always has a way with words,I’ve read all her books,and basically I’m just her biggest groupie;-)But there’s this one piece,that I always cherish everytime,I’m going through some things in life,you know when at times criticism seems to get the best of you kinda things?Well this piece always helps me cope abit.Just thought I’d share it with you guys…Enjoy!

Hater/ By Maya Angelou

A hater is someone who is jealous and envious and spends all their
time trying to make you look small so they can look tall.

They are very negative people to say the least. Nothing is ever
good enough!

When you make your mark, you will always attract some haters…

That’s why you have to be careful with whom you share your
blessings and your dreams, because some folk can’t handle seeing
you blessed….

It’s dangerous to be like somebody else… If God wanted you to be
like somebody else, He would have given you what He gave them! Right?

You never know what people have gone through to get what they

The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they
don’t know my story…

If the grass looks greener on the other side of the fence, you
can rest assured that the water bill is higher there too!

We’ve all got some haters among us!

Some people envy you because you can:
a) Have a relationship with God
b) Light up a room when you walk in
c) Start your own business
d) Tell a man / woman to hit the curb
(if he / she isn’t about the right thing)
e) Raise your children without both parents being
in the home

Haters can’t stand to see you happy.
Haters will never want to see you succeed.
Most of our haters are people who are supposed to be
on our side.

How do you handle your undercover haters?

You can handle these haters by:

1. Knowing who you are & who your true friends are

2. Having a purpose to your life: Purpose does not
mean having a job. You can have a job and still be

A purpose is having a clear sense of what God has called you to be.
Your purpose is not defined by what others think about you.

3. By remembering what you have is by divine
prerogative and not human manipulation.

Fulfill your dreams! You only have one life to live…when its your
time to leave this earth, you ‘want’ to be able to say, ‘I’ve lived my
life and fulfilled ‘my’ dreams,… Now I’m ready to go HOME!

When God gives you favor, you can tell your haters, ‘Don’t look at
me…Look at Who is in charge of me….’

Maya Angelou



  1. Thank you for this. I need this wisdom often and as a reminder of who I truly belong to and why. Here’s the sentence that grabs me over and over, b/c it seems perhaps counter intuitive, but oh, so not. It has taken me years and years of crashing into this painful truth to really begin to get it and when Ms. Angelou states it so sensibly and realistically I understand that she knows this from her heart and too, has crashed into this. Enough to state it eloquently in her poetry as a wisdom to be heeded:
    “Most of our haters are people who are supposed to be on our side.”

    These wise words remind me that always I must expand my version and vision of community, friends, family-that some of my closest family are not blood relations, and that my so called “logic” and solidarity is many times not earned, foolhardy and comfortable. Ms. Angelou never fails to speak to the inner me that is connected by G-d to love, truth and beauty.

    Thank you G-d for the wisdom and inherent goodness in many of our elders, the keepers of years lived with scars, that become well healed and beautiful, and radiant light of pure soul that pours forth, that only many years lived can give. May we always remember to honor our wisdom keepers and truth tellers. Ms. Angelou truly is a bridge between two worlds: one of ego and appearances, hubris, pride, etc… and the other side: life, abundant and hard earned-like a glorious garden whose reality truly is one of beginnings. Beginnings that must come first……… amending the soil, tending to that dark matter of potential, planting the seeds, weeding and fertilizing, watering and receiving plentiful sun, staking, tending to, with daily attention and diligence, humbling accepting early frosts and insect, animal intrusions, periods of neglect and boredom, and yet with patience, over time and learning from past mistakes, we find one day we are in the midst of a co creation with G-d and ourselves, a bounty and beauty, a creation so incredible and joyous that all we can do really is accept, receive our harvest: our blessedness here in this broken world. And we do this knowing that another winter comes, in spite of the brokenness around us, and still find abundant life.

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