Oprah Winfrey’s What I Know For Sure is the latest book on my just-completed list. This book had been on my to-read list because I was curious. What did Oprah, with all her experiences and resources, know for sure? Would it resonate for me?
Yes and no. There are some universal truths in this book. But there were also times I felt incredibly disconnected such as while reading of Oprah’s experiences when she was in Fiji or sitting on her porch outside her house in Maui.
But, this week, allow me to share a few of the parts that moved me. And maybe you’ll find that they resonate with you as well.
“Give me a great novel or memoir, some tea, and a cozy spot to curl up in, and I’m in heaven. I love to live in another person’s thoughts; I marvel at the bonds I feel with people who come alive on the page, regardless of how different their circumstances might be from mine. I not only feel I know these people, but I also recognize more of myself. Insight, information, knowledge, inspiration, power: All that and more can come through a good book.”
“You’re not the same woman you were a decade ago; if you’re lucky, you’re not the same woman you were last year. The whole point of aging, as I see it, is change. If we let them, our experiences can keep teaching us about ourselves. I celebrate that. Honor it. Hold it in reverence. And I’m grateful for every age I’m blessed to become.”
“If you can get paid for doing what you love, every paycheck is a bonus. Give yourself the bonus of a lifetime: Pursue your passion. Discover what you love. Then do it!”
“To this day, excellence is my intention. To be excellent in giving. In graciousness. In effort. In struggle and in strife. For me, being excellent means always doing my personal best.”
“Live so that at the end of each day, you can say, ‘I did my very best.’ That’s what it means to excel at the great work of living your best life.”