In her Commencement Address at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Oprah Winfrey’s message to the graduating class was “The biggest reward is not financial benefits, though it’s really good, you can get a lot of great shoes! Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn’t fill up your life. Living a life of substance can…. Substance through your service, your offering of your whole self… whatever is true for you, whatever you stand for.” She suggested three things to live a life of substance: a deep compassion for others; a life committed to service through your work and your life’s purpose; and being constructively engaged in life to change the world in “respectful conversation with others… be open to hear the truths of others and open to letting the process of changing the world change you.” Be a person of substance!
She captured the profound depth and beauty of her message sharing the counsel that Maya Angelou told her: “You have no idea what your legacy will be. Your legacy is what you do every day. Your legacy is every life you’ve touched, every person whose life was either moved or not. It’s every person you’ve harmed or helped. That’s your legacy.” Winfrey concluded her address with the words: “Feel everything with love, because every moment you are building your legacy.”
May you often pause and reflect on these words knowing always: “Your legacy is every life you’ve touched.” So, feel everything with love and live your beautiful life of substance and purpose.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!