What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
I discovered this via an excerpt in a magazine and bought the whole thing soon after.
A fabulously short read and perfect for this time of year when you might be setting some goals and dreaming some dreams for 2015.
Here’s a little inspiration from Oprah:
(headings = mine, quotes directly from the book)
1. Your life is a stage
“You can either waltz boldly onto the stage of life and live the way you know your spirit is nudging you to, or you can sit quietly by the wall, receding into the shadows of fear and self-doubt”
2. Will you dance?
“And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”
3. Value others
“Talking with thousands of people over the years has shown me that there’s one desire we all share: We want to feel valued.”
4. Be your own best friend
“Stop waiting for your husband to say “I appreciate you,” your kids to tell you what a great mother you are, a man to whisk you away and marry you, or your best friend to assure you that you’re worth a darn. Look inward—the loving begins with you.”
5. All the matters…
“When you make loving others the story of your life, there’s never a final chapter, because the legacy continues. You lend your light to one person, and he or she shines it on another and another and another. And I know for sure that in the final analysis of our lives—when the to-do lists are no more, when the frenzy is finished, when our e-mail inboxes are empty—the only thing that will have any lasting value is whether we’ve loved others and whether they’ve loved us.”