Every Sunday, Oprah is setting an intention for the upcoming week—exclusively for Oprah Insiders. Join us for reflections on themes like resilience, self-care, hitting reset, and more. This week, Oprah shares a message about what it means to come into your own.
Happy Sunday, Oprah Insiders!
So, this week I want to talk about this idea of coming into your own. You know, we often hear the phrase thrown around: “You know, so and so is doing so well at her new job. She’s really come into her own.” It’s often used as a compliment, a way to express that someone has been successful but to me that definition of success is all about alignment. It’s what Gary Zukav calls, when the personality comes to serve the energy of the soul where you are in alignment with what you really came to do on earth and using your personality to serve that. That’s when you come alive. That can look different for every single person because coming into your own, that alignment, is different from his own, or her own, or my own. But the common denominator is that it’s all about alignment.
And I learned at a very young age that if things are to move forward in my life, I was the one who had to take responsibility for what Mary Oliver calls, our one wild and precious life. And not be defined by other people’s idea of who I should be even if the other people were my family.
My story isn’t unlike Ashley C. Ford’s. In her new memoir, Somebody’s Daughter, she talks about her challenging childhood growing up a poor Black girl. Her mother had mental health issues and her father was incarcerated and not present in her life, and she survived an abusive relationship—yet she was able to put the pieces together to overcome and come into her own.
Somebody’s Daughter comes out this Tuesday, June 1st. It’s on my imprint, An Oprah Book it’s called, which I created because I wanted to put authentic stories like Ashley’s out into the world. So, I’m going to be talking to Ashley about her book and how she has since come into her own at a virtual event on Wednesday, June 9th. So, all you’ve got to do is click the link in the article below for details, and I hope to see you there.
And then I also hope you remember that there is no timeline for coming into your own—for some people it happens in their early 20s and for others they’re like 45, 50 still trying to figure it out. And it’s never too late because everyone’s journey is different. And this is what I do know: That you don’t become what you want, you become what you believe. So, listen to your inner self, be kind, and know for sure that you are here on this earth because you have a contribution to make. And the real work is getting about the business of making that contribution.
Hope you have a wonderful week.
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