Gems, gems and more gems. This book is full of them. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobook narrated by Oprah herself, weeks later, typing them down for this post is just something else. From the book What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey.
What I know for sure, is that every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes and step out and dance. To live free of regret and fill it with as much fun and joy and laughter as you can stand.
You might have experienced things that caused you to deem yourself unworthy. I know for sure, that healing the wounds of the past is one of the biggest and most worthwhile challenges of life. It’s important to know when and how you were programmed so you can change the programming. And doing so is your responsibility, no one else’s. There is one irrefutable law of the universe, we are each responsible for our own life. If you are holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you are wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you did not receive. Begin to notice how everyday brings an opportunity for your growth.
Every difficulty moment has it’s silver lining.
What I learned for sure, was that holding the shame was the greatest burden of all. When you have nothing to be ashamed of, when you know who you are and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.
The power to give yourself the love, affection and intimacy you may not have received as a child. You are the one best mother, father, sister, friend, cousin, and lover you will ever have. Right now, you are one choice away to see yourself as someone who has inherent significance. So choose to see it that away. You don’t have to spend one more second focusing on a past deprived from the affirmation you should have gotten from your parents. Yes, you did deserve that love, but it’s up to you now to bestow it upon yourself and move forward.
I went with the day looking for things to be grateful for and something always showed up. Sometimes we get so focused on the difficulty of our climb that we loose sight of being grateful for simply having a mountain to climb.
I know for sure, that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your whole world. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you are aware of all you have and not focusing on your have nots. I know for sure, that if you make time for little gratitude every day you will be amazed by the results.
What I know for sure, there’s no need to struggle with your body when you can make peace with it.
The true measure of your courage, is not whether you reach your goal, it’s whether you decide to back on your feet no matter how many times you failed. I know it is not easy but I also know for sure that having the courage to stand up and pursue your wildest dreams will give you life’s richest rewards and life’s greatest adventure.
You can’t accomplish anything worthwhile if you inhibit yourself. When you get the chance, go for it.
Move in the direction of your goal. With all the force you can muster and then let go. Releasing your plan into the power, capital p, that’s bigger than yourself and allowing your dream to manifest into its own masterpiece. Dream big, really big. Work hard, really hard. And after you’ve done all you can, fully surrender to the power, capital p.
My goal is to stay open to all that the universe has to offer, every year and everyday.
I know for sure, that you cannot give to everybody else and not give to yourself. You will end up empty.
What I know for sure, having the best things things is no substitute for having the best life. When you let go of the desire to acquire, you know you are really on your way.
What I know for sure, that how you spend your time defines who you are.
Letting go leaves space for more to come.
If you want to be successful, be excellent. If you want the best the world has to offer, offer your best. To this day, excellence is my intention. To me, being excellent means always doing my personal best. Your best varies from day to day, depending on how you’re feeling. No matter, give your best in every circumstance.
I hope the way you spend your money is in line with the truth of who you are and what you really care about. I hope that your money brings joy to you and the ones you love. And I hope that you use it as a powerful force to fulfill the best intentions.
Everything depends on your decisions. When you don’t know what do, my best advice is to do nothing until clarity comes, getting still and being able to hearing your own voice. Once you decide what you want, make a commitment to that decision.
W. H. Murray: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things of things occur to help one, that would not have otherwise occur.”
Conquer the fear, you will fly. Let your life awaken in you. Whatever your challenge, let it be an open door to your holiest revelations about yourself, an invitation to your best life.
Evolving as a human being is a life long excavation process, digging deep to uncover your underlying issues.