Friday, November 21, 2008

What I Know For Sure-Oprah

O Magazine November 08

From Oprah Magazine November 08

What I Know for Sure - by Oprah Winfrey

Since the day the late Gene Siskel asked me, “What do you know for sure?” and I got all flustered and started stuttering and couldn’t come up with an answer, I’ve never stopped asking myself that question. I’ve never stopped asking myself that question. And every month I must find yet another answer. I looked back and came up with my all-time top 20.

1. What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what. (This is my creed.)

2. You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.

3. Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.

4. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.

5. Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.

6. What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become what you belive.

7. If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that will be enough. (From the German theologian and humanist Meister Eckhart.)

8. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.

9. Failure is a signpost to turn you in the other direction.

10. If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.

11. Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn’t lie.

12. Love yourself and then learn to extend that love to others in every encounter.
13. Let passion drive your profession.

14. Find a way to get paid for doing what you love. Then every paycheck will be a bonus.

15. Love doesn’t hurt. It feels really good.

16. Every day brings a chance to start over.

17. Being a mother is the hardest job on earth. Women everywhere must declare it so.

18. Doubt means don’t. Don’t move. Don’t answer. Don’t rush forward.

19. When you don’t know what to do, get still. The answer will come.

20. “Trouble don’t last always.” (A line from a Negro spiritual, which calls to mind another favorite: This, too, shall pass.)

I find truth and wisdom in these words from Oprah’s column. Here are a few others that I try to remember and live by:

- Treat others the way you would like to be treated. (Do unto others....)

- Treat everyone with respect, until they prove they don’t deserve it.

- Be gentle (with others).

When I was working at Dallastown, I reminded myself (and my colleagues when they felt stressed) of the following:

- We can only do our best.

- We are all in this together.

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