“Sit and feast on your life.” Derrick Walcott
If you’re looking for a breezy read that’ll help kick your 2020 into full gear, What I Know For Sure is Oprah Winfrey’s gift to you.
Oprah is sure about a lot of things.
A sort of self-helpy memoir/series of essays inspired by the eponymous O Magazine column, this book balances heartwarming anecdote with Auntie Oprah realness, leaving you wanting to get your sh*t together, and believing that you actually can. Organized in eight parts--clarity, power, joy, resilience, awe, connection, gratitude, and possibility--Oprah uses her rare genre of storytelling to frame how each fits into her life and impacts the way she moves through the world. Frank, hilarious, inspiring and uplifting, What I Know for Sure was a surprisingly powerful and moving read. Exploring both age-old truisms and Oprah's learned-the-hard-way hindsights, What I Know for Sure gives us pause to explore who are and who we want to become.
Excerpts from What I Know for Sure
When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance...To live free of regret and filled with as much joy, fun and laughter as you can stand.
Pleasure is energy reciprocated. What you put out, comes back. Your base level of pleasure is how you view your whole life.
Who could I have become if I had finally done the things I had always wanted to do? The gift of deciding to feast on your mortality without turning away or flinching is the gift of recognizing that because you will die, you must live now. Whether you flounder or flourish is always in your hands. You are the single biggest influence in your life.
I've learned to rely on the strength I've inherited from those who came before me: the grandmothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, brothers, who were tested with unimaginable hardship and still survived. "I go forth alone and stand as 10,000" Maya Angelou proclaimed in her poem The Grandmothers. When I move through the world, I bring all my history with me, all of the people who paved the way for me are a part of who I am.
If love doesn't up wrapped up in our personal fantasy, we fail to recognize it. But this is what I know for sure, love is all around.
Discover what you love. Then, do it.
When you nurture and support your body, it reciprocates.
Put a stop to the stagnant patterns that no longer serve you.
What we dwell on, is what we become.