Thursday, January 30, 2014

"THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN PATH IS A SACRED PRIVILEGE"














Pic.: Madan Manik
Oprah Winfrey turned 60, yesterday (29th Jan). And, what a remarkable life it has been!

I have been a great admirer of Oprah ever since I first watched one of her talk shows, some twenty-odd years ago. My admiration for this woman has shot up thirty notches higher since I first had her glimpse on TV!

Some people have come on this planet to touch and make a difference in others’ lives. Oprah, I believe, is one of those people. Imagine, the kind of impact she has left with her simple talk shows… We watch them because of their genuine warmth and transforming power. Honestly, every time I watch one of her talk shows, I come out a little more transformed, a little more touched, healed!

When I look at Oprah’s phenomenal success, and her legend as a woman of substance, I can only conclude this: She discovered her heart’s calling, and just followed it with all that she possessed. If we read her famous quotes, it becomes abundantly clear to us that she went by her heart’s calling. In one of her quotes, she says:

“Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.”

In another, she says: “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you,”

The most important reason why I admire Oprah is that she has that innate ability to see good in other people. And, that one ability of hers brings out the best in every soul she talks to on her shows… Yes, from a simple soul to President Obama… She makes them all open up!

“I believe that every single event in life happens is an opportunity to choose love over fear,”  this is one of Oprah’s famous lines, and how true it is!  She has demonstrated by living her own life by choosing love over fear - living it with dignity, converting her tragedies into triumphs, distilling wisdom from pain… and, along that path, transforming lives of millions of people in this world!

From Oprah’s life, it becomes clear to us, that if we follow our dreams with all our focus, passion and dedication – and, above all, with all our sincerity – there is no reason why we can not see our dreams come true… Money, fame and power are nothing, as she rightly  reminds us,  unless we use them to achieve  ‘greater things’ in life…

Many of us may find ourselves doing, in life, what Oprah wants us to do: do our work with all the love and passion in the world… Yet, we might silently wonder why we don’t hit big time the way an Oprah does… Yes, in the end, we might console ourselves saying all of us can’t be Oprahs… We needn’t be!

I leave you with one of my favorite Oprah quotes:

“You know you are on the road to success

 if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.”

Are you smiling, like I am doing?

Maybe, the key to the treasure called ‘Success’ hides somewhere in between these lines…!

Happy b’day dear Oprah. May you live long and strong, always.



GERALD D’CUNHA

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of the most inspiring and positive human beings! Oprah has endured! Nice article, thanks.
----- Prakash Dhingra