Life has been opening many doors this past week and I have realized that the opportunities in life are endless if we keep an open mind. Now I don’t believe in coincidences but I do believe that God places events and people in our life at specific times for a reason. He also gives us free will to choose what to do with these moments. It is true that not all circumstances are within our control and neither are how other people act, but how we react and what we do is.
My cousin shared a video with me on a day when I was presented with some interesting choices to make. The message continues to resonate with me and continues to help me gain further perspective on this journey. The video was from Oprah. Now who doesn’t love Oprah? I continued by looking up other Oprah quotes. There are several themes that are weaved throughout many of them and are pertinent to anyone on some sort of life journey.
We need to live our truth. Don’t be in denial of our pasts or what we’ve done or been through. Face it and learn how to move on. Oprah does say, “What you give comes back to you.” So make sure what you give is positive and life affirming, not something negative. Karma really does exist after all.
Our minds play an integral role in our successes. What we believe will greatly shape what and who we become. We can’t just say something though, we need to believe it down to the very core of ourselves. We can end up blocking our own successes because we may tell ourselves that we are not worthy enough. For many on similar journeys like myself, it is believing that we can find happiness, success, and love again. Oprah says, “I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights.” So maintain that hope, for it is powerful and always know that light will shine again.
Then it all came down to this message Oprah shared in the the video, “You must have some kind of vision for your life, even if you don’t know the plan. You have to have a direction in which you choose to go. You want to be in the driver’s seat of your own life because if not it’ll drive you… Let excellence be your brand.” Very true, we need to have a destination that we are aiming for. How we get there can take many paths but as long as you’re moving in that direction you are in the driver’s seat of your life. Make a conscious choice that you live your life in excellence and not just the #livingmybestlife hashtag that many of us use, but let the actions each of us do show it. Live a life that when others see you, they see the good and bad, the struggles and successes because it keeps it real. Through it all, celebrate being in the driver’s seat and look forward to the destination ahead.