Friday, June 24, 2011

What's Love Got to Do with It?

I have never really made a post on love and relationships.  I by no means am a relationship expert.  However, I am a young woman, and I experience "love" just like I experience everything else I blog about.

Remember the day you decided that certain situations were no longer worth entertaining?  Remember the people who showed you who they truly were over, and over, and over, and over again, and then you finally decided to listen & let them go?  You know, the day you finally determined your self worth & decided to accept nothing less?

Who knows why it takes us so long to realize these things.  Self-worth and dignity, seem like one of the most important characteristics to have in tune with our being.  But, why when it comes to love we are willing to settle, or even put up with the complete opposite of our standards?  Is it a fear of being alone?  If we have already determined our self-worth, why do we seek a love of someone who is unworthy?  Why do we discard that matters of the heart for those who have proven that they won't even take care of it?  I came across this video of a poem entitled "I'll Wait for You." (Shout out to my Soror!!)  I have been replaying it a lot lately.  Please females and males, listen & listen good.  I could NOT have said her words better myself.

( I wanted to post this video the first day I saw it, but I didn't really want to post someone else's work.  But hey, it is spreading a powerful message and adding to this video's views.  I am trying to find her to express my gratitude.)  What do you guys think?  What does love have to do with love?  Relationships, are we together for the sake of being together or are we really following our hearts?

Update:  If you love this inspirational piece and the author as much as I do, I found her facebook page Poet Janette, show her some love.  Clicking her name on this post, will take you there :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

To Get you Inspired: Thanks, Oprah

I've finally got the chance to catch up some reading
material that was sitting around. O Magazine & "Super Rich"
So, Oprah said farewell to her television show of 25 years, on May 25, 2011.  I'm never at home to watch the show.  But ,on this particular day I was.  She decided to do a simple show, with just her and her audience.  No guests, just Oprah.  She really wanted to thank all of her supporters, listeners, guests, fans, staff, etc.  I knew she would have a good show in place.  Of course she did not disappoint. 

I jotted down some of the things she said.  (My apologies, it took so long to plant them here.)  Below are some of my favorite quotes from her last show.  She "Preached" that day & it was very inspirational and motivational.

"You are responsible for your own life."

"When you know better, you do better."

"Take responsibility for the energy you bring to me & into this space."

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  You are responsible for your own life, and when you get that, everything changes.  You get, FREE."

"We often block our own blessings because we don't feel good enough or pretty enough."

"You are worthy because you were born, because you are HERE."

"My team and Jesus, Alpha & Omega, the Source of the Force, the one and only God."

"I know I've never been alone and you haven't either.  That Grace, the voice bigger than myself speaks to me.  It is guidance that is greater than my meager mind."

"God is Love, God is Life, and your life is always speaking to you."

To sum it all up, the message I took away from her final show was that Oprah believed in a higher power.  She became in tune with the purpose she believed that higher power had in place on her life. She allowed that faith to guide her footsteps.
What is magical about Oprah, to me, is that she Loved her career.  She knew without a doubt that she was where she was suppose to be.  I think it is that attitude that allowed her to become fearless in pursuit of achievement, and that security in her faith that produced her ultimate success.
Not only is she successful in her career, but successful as a person with a heart that seeks to put others in the same position of faith and fearlessness.

Thank you, Oprah.

What did you think of Oprah's farewell show?  Inspired?  Not an Oprah fan?  Share your comments here!