My holiday gift giving list just got a little easier. As I finished Oprah’s What I Know For Sure, I knew I wanted to share her compilation of essays with all of my good friends and of course, with you!
Oprah has explored the question, “What do I know for sure?” in every issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. What I Know for Sure is actually the title of her monthly column. I have to confess, I have probably read her magazine once or twice, and watched a handful of her shows on TV, but this book, I couldn’t put down.
I can just imagine Oprah going through a stack of columns that took her fourteen years to write! She must have picked the best of the best in order to give us the most inspirational short vignettes. She takes us back to lessons and “aha” moments that stem from memories of growing up in rural Mississippi, to life-changing career decisions, to her current blissful and enlightened life.
Mrs. Winfrey ends every captivating chapter in her new book with a lesson learned. Here are some of my favorite “what I know for sure” passages:
“I know for sure that I don’t want to live a shut-down life-desensitized to feeling and seeing. I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding on what is possible. On experiencing joy on every level.”
“All these experiences are your life’s way of urging you to leave the past behind and make yourself whole. Pay attention. Every choice gives you a chance to pave your own road. Keep moving. Full speed ahead.”
“If life teaches you nothing else, know this: When you get the chance, go for it.”
What do you know for sure? I know that for me, dreaming big, working hard and giving back, is a great way to live.
I hope you pick up What I Know For Sure for a BFF. Please keep me posted!
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