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Lessons Oprah Taught Me

26 May

 Oprah used her last show yesterday for what she called a love letter to her audience.

She talked about the lessons she learned from us, and reiterated the lessons she most wanted us to remember.Several of those lessons in particular of resonated with me. They took the tone of  her “what I know for sure,” regular feature each month on the last page of her “O” Magazine.

The first is that we are each responsible for the energy we create.  “You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself, and you’re responsible for the energy that you bring to others.”

“All life is energy and we are transmitting it at every moment. We are all little beaming little signals like radio frequencies, and the world is responding in kind.”

The second is that we can all hear God’s voice if we listen.

“Because nothing but the hand of God has made this possible for me. … I know I’ve never been alone, and you haven’t either. And I know that that presence, that flow—some people call it grace—is working in my life at every single turn. And yours too, if you let it in. It’s closer than your breath, and it is yours for the asking.”

“I have felt the presence of God my whole life. Even when I didn’t have a name for it, I could feel the voice bigger than myself speaking to me, and all of us have that same voice. Be still and know it. You can acknowledge it or not. You can worship it or not. You can praise it, you can ignore it or you can know it. Know it. It’s always there speaking to you and waiting for you to hear it in every move, in every decision. I wait and I listen. I’m still—I wait and listen for the guidance that’s greater than my meager mind. “

And the last lesson that really spoke to me was “Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. But you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”

“Wherever you are, that is your platform, your stage, your circle of influence. That is your talk show, and that is where your power lies.  In every way, in every day, you are showing people exactly who you are. You’re letting your life speak for you. And when you do that, you will receive in direct proportion to how you give in whatever platform you have.”

Those of us who respect the magnitude of what Oprah Winfrey has brought to us,   the success and influence she has achieved beyond imagination for a girl from her background,  and the way in which she asked us to apply that to our own lives – we salute you for a job well done.

To reach her entire last show message, go to http://www.oprah.com/.

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One Response to “Lessons Oprah Taught Me”

  1. jennifer Symmes 05/26/2011 at 12:16 PM #

    I loved her last show. It felt like the best graduation speech ever. I was inspired too.

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