Another woman I greatly admire is Ms. Oprah Winfrey.
Much to my mother´s dismay I watched her show the whole 25 years it was on. Every day.
So in a great way, she has influenced my life (from the age of 19 to 44!).
And if I couldn´t watch I would tape and watch later.
Years on end I did this.
So needless to say I miss her now as a daily bit of inspiration and reflection.
Much to my delight Ms. Winfrey moved on to bigger things: her own network.
If we could get it here in the Netherlands I don’t think I would leave the TV no more, so maybe it’s a good thing it’s not on here (yet).
The inspiration I got today was from watching the episode of Lifeclass on ‘terrible things women do to each other’.
Among other things: betrayal, gossip, lie, compete.
And the message I got basically was what Ms. Winfrey has said over and over again:
“Remember physics class? Did you pay attention to Newton’s third law of motion? Let me tell you, that thing is real. It says for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That is the abiding law that I live by, articulated to perfection by Miss Celie in The Color Purple when she finally gets the courage to leave her abusive husband, Mister. … ‘Everything you done to me already done to you.’ It is the Golden Rule to the 10th power.”
So don’t worry (or focus on) about where everybody else is, there is enough work to be done on your own lifepath.
“Comparison is an act of violence against the self”, Iyanla Vanzant says.
“Begin within.”, Iyanla says. “If it shows up in your life it is coming to tell you something about you, your relationship with you, or your relationship with God.”
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
Pff, again, of course, even after 20 years of personal development, I was still hoping for a quick fix. But I’m being told over and over again, it’s never done, it’s never fixed.
Finding the balance between ‘nowhere to go, nothing to do’ and ‘doing the work there is to be done’.
And not that I have (or need) another guru, but I’m inspired by the ‘tell-it-like-it-is’ wisdom of Ms. Vanzant.
I hope I can somehow see her upcoming show: Iyanla, fix my life. I don’t really like the title, but I’m intrigued by the previews.