Blogger Barry: I saved this short piece by Oprah Winfrey a few
years ago. It struck a deep cord of truth with me and so I share
it with you.
“Teaching is my true calling. I have felt inklings of this truth
since I was a little barefooted girl in Mississippi.
After 25 years of talking on TV every day, my most profound and
meaningful memories are of people getting to see the light in
themselves and having an Aha! moment.
Over the years, all my teaching on the show has taught me We’re
all called. If you’re here breathing, you have a contribution to
make to our human community. The real work of your life is to work
out your function- your part in the whole-as soon as possible, and
then get about the business of fulfilling it as only you can.
As part of my morning ritual of meditation and prayer, I read mark
Nepo’s book of Awakening: “Having the Life You Want by Being
Present to the Life You Have.”
Today’s lesson, as is often the case, was so spot-on I have to
share it. Nepo speaks of “my struggles as a teenager when my mother
wanted me to be a lawyer and my father wanted me to be an
Somehow I knew I needed to be a poet; something in it brought me
He quotes Mechthild of Magdeburg, a medieval mystic: ” A fish
cannot drown in water. A bird does not fall in the air. Each
creature God made must live in its own true nature. And he offers
these observations of his own: Part of the blessing and challenge
of being human is that we must discover our own true God-given
nature. This is not some noble, abstract quest but an inner
necessity. For only by living in our own element can we thrive
without anxiety. And since human beings are the only life form that
can drown and still go to work, the only species that can fall from
the sky and still fold laundry, it is imperative that we find that
vital element that brings us alive, that true vitality that waits
beneath all occupations for us to tap into, if we can discover what
we love. If you feel energy and excitement and a sense that life is
happening for the first time, you are probably near your God-given
Joy in what we do is not an added feature; it is a sign of deep
health.” What I know for sure: There is no greater gift you can
give or receive than to honour your calling. It’s why you were
born. And how you become most truly alive.”
– Oprah Winfrey –
Blogger Barry: Thanks for your time. Hope you enjoyed. Please
use the comment button.
Barry Blomkamp Nd. Bsc (UL)
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