Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Oprah Quotes: an unintended post on empowerment

"True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience."

"Your true passion should feel like breathing; it’s that natural."

"When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are."

"I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become."

"If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think."

"You get in life what you have the courage to ask for." 

Oprah Winfrey

I used to not be a fan of Oprah. 
In my 20's I was even bitter toward what she stood for (or what I PERCEIVED) and all she had done, was doing and where she was going. A woman of power, purpose and passion. I was NONE of those in my 20's. She was empowering others, I was defeated and angry at people who were able to OPEN up to risk their own empowerment. I was CLOSED.

I was jealous of her strength
I was jealous of her courage
I was jealous of her fearless LIVING!! 

I didn't understand all that she stood for and now I do. She helps people, because she knows how, because she helped herself, allowed herself to be helped by others and saw her whole life as a way to learn and grow. I get it. I do that now to. It's like we are all little Oprah's helping others become little Oprah's and then one day we look around and we are big Oprah's helping everyone. 

I am not jealous anymore. I have my own strength from God. I have my own courage from my faith and I have tasted fearless living...there is no going back. It came down to fear. I was afraid of believing her words, I was afraid if I believed her or in her, that I would fail or fall short. I was afraid that If I allowed myself to embrace what she stood for, it would mean I was someone different than I was. Thank goodness, different is GOOD and for me, change was vital... 

Thanks Oprah for your awesome Quotes, for who you are and for all you did, are doing and will do. 


LaShaune said...

You weren't alone in your thinking/perception of what she represented.

But watching her finale, the very last one where she just talked to her audience (no guests), I garnered a new respect for her.

No, we may not all give or receive lavish freebies or even be able to amass her "favorite things", but what we can do, like you said, is give ourselves - give freely, be women we were raised to be without passing judgement on each other. And through small steps, small gestures, we can make a difference.

Mellissa said...

"True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience."

I am working REALLY hard on this one, I struggle with it daily but am slowly getting there. Needed this today. Thank you.

Julie said...

Great quotes and great post!

Mary said...

@Melissa: that quote almost became a blog post on it's own, but I decided to do a full Oprah post vs a Mary getting over her hurts post. I am feeling ya there girly!! Blessings!

Thanks for reading you guys!

Megan said...

Great quotes - thanks for sharing! I've kind of had the same feelings toward Oprah as you had. It took my own learning and growing to be able to appreciate what she is able to do for others.

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