What Do You Know For Sure?

When I saw this book on one of my friend’s reading list, I knew I wanted to get it and see what exactly Oprah “knows for sure.”

Before I even talk about this book, let’s pause for a second….

Who doesn’t want to be like Oprah? She has been and continues to be a role model for so many people worldwide, not just because of where she is, but who she is. She is an example of what a person can become if they have the zeal.

Before coming up with this book, Oprah attended an interview where she was asked what she knew for sure. At the time, she couldn’t think of anything. This prompted her to really think about it all. And, the book was born.

In the book, she highlights what she has learned and found to be so true for her, thus the phrase, “What I Know for sure.”

As you read the book, you will find most of what she says to be so true – things you could even start practicing yourself.

Relationships

We all want to feel loved. Over the years, Oprah has discovered that each of us longs to be loved, needed, and connected. Many times, if you are not getting this, you may go to extreme measures to get it.

I have been in a place where no matter how hard I tried to feel valued, it just did not work. In the book, there is a message to all of us, “Stop waiting to be told you are appreciated. Look inward – the loving begins from within you.”

Gratitude

You do not have to be grateful for the big stuff. Even the little things count.

I started gratitude journaling a few months back and this has become a constant reminder that life is full of treasures. Sometimes, you have to create these moments for yourself. I have found that despite all the bad that is going on, there is indeed one thing to be grateful for each day.

(Oprah made it a habit to list down at least five).

Happiness

I hate it when someone complains and they don’t know what to do to fix whatever situation they are complaining about. It’s just negative energy for me – something I always try to get out of. 

I always strive to see the positive in stuff. I don’t always succeed, but I don’t complain either J

“What you put out comes back. Your base level of pleasure is determined by how you view your whole life.” 

Resilience

Oprah has been through it all. She grew up knowing she was an unwanted child, was raped at age 9, became pregnant at 14, and has gone through numerous obstacles. She however rose through it all.

“All of our hurdles have meaning. And being open to learning from those challenges is the difference between succeeding and getting stuck.”

Possibility

There is possibility all around. It just takes a little courage to do, say, or go where we want. 

Over the past year, I have found this to be so true for myself.

“Having the courage to stand up and pursue your wildest dreams will give you life’s greatest adventure.”

No matter how badly you believe life is treating you, there is no real benefit to blaming the world for your problems. As Oprah did, you need to realize that it’s your responsibility to bring happiness, love, encouragement, and opportunities into your life – not the job of others.

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