Sunday, June 26, 2011

Famous Last Words

I missed Oprah's last show.
Actually, I missed about 4500 shows.
(I did, by chance see one on menopause and the one where Tom Cruise became unhinged and jumped on Oprah's couch.)

So tonight, while blog surfing, I stumbled on this inspiring and creative one... and saw this:

Which prompted me to check out the transcript of her farewell episode.
Here are some highlights:

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. Every time we have seen a person on this stage who is a success in their life, they spoke of the job, and they spoke of the juice that they receive from doing what they knew they were meant to be doing. We saw it in the volunteers who rocked abandoned babies in Atlanta. We saw it with those lovely pie ladies from Cape Cod making those delicious potpies. … We saw it every time Tina Turner, Celine, Bocelli or Lady Gaga lit up the stage with their passion. Because that is what a calling is. It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be, doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. Live from the heart of yourself. You have to make a living; I understand that. 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. 

Start embracing the life that is calling you and use your life to serve the world.

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. Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into your space.

People often ask me, What is the secret of success of the show? How have we lasted 25 years? I nonjokingly say, ‘My team and Jesus.’ 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. 

So what I know is, God is love and God is life...

Three things I'm thankful for:
1. Maybe no rain tomorrow?
2. A step back in time on Friday night when all three boys had dinner with me at the New West Old Spaghetti Factory.
3. Etsy. It's like walking through art galleries from the comfort of my bed. 


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