Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Willing to Grow

There is much to like about Oprah, including her courageous departure from her Oprah Winfrey Show. Why leave one of the most successful television series in history?

There have been 5,000 episodes, spread over 24 seasons, since September 1986.

"Everybody has patterns in their lives, and knowing the pattern will tell you what your purpose is. My life pattern has been, whenever I've outgrown a situation, I move on, regardless of whether I know what the future holds.

Everybody has to make choices based on what you feel is best for yourself. If you're so comfortable with success that you're no longer willing to take a risk, it means you're not willing to grow, to take that step to the next level, whatever that next level is for you.

And if the next level is not as successful as where you were, the experience still teaches you something. Because all of us are here to become more of who you really are."

Winfrey, on her last show said that she never missed one day of work in 25 years "because this is what I was called to do." Then she told her audience, "What sparks the light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world. I didn’t even imagine that the show would have the depth and the reach that (it has now). ... Wherever you are, that’s your stage, your circle of influence. That’s your talk show, that’s where your power lies. … You have the power to change somebody’s life. Everyone has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it."