Book review: What I know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

February 10, 2015

I have always admired Oprah Winfrey and the difference she has made in so many lives.  She shows honesty, vulnerability, spirituality and wisdom.  When I saw her book at the library, I thought it might be a good read, but wasn’t expecting the degree of insights this woman shared.  She also had a way of making me feel like I was sitting next to a good friend, who understood my journey.  Some of the topics she discusses are possibility, gratitude, connection, and power.

Though I have heard it before, her writings on gratitude, made me start looking at things in a different way, and I have started to pay more attention to what I am grateful for.  “Here’s the gift of gratitude:  In order to feel it, your ego has to take a backseat.  What shows up in its place is greater compassion and understanding.  Instead of being frustrated, you choose appreciation.  And the more grateful you become, the more you have to be grateful for” (page 79).

Lately, I have been experiencing more physical pain and fatigue. Much of this is do to some increased stress in my life as a result of some choices I made.  It can be hard to see the gratitude when I can feel so empty inside.  Yet, when I look around, every day brings something beautiful and a source of life.  I see this through calls and texts from friends, through looking outside at the trees blowing in the wind, and through reading books that make me go “aha”, I want to live this way.

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Wisdom Under the Bridge book recommendation

July 21, 2012

I just finished reading the book Wisdom Under The Bridge: The Prophets From Skid Row by Linda Ross Swanson.  I really enjoyed hearing the wisdom from people who have struggled with homelessness and the many people who have teamed up with them.  Linda does a great job of sharing the wisdom of everyone’s story and allowing us to learn from their experiences.  As a reader I found value in recognizing our common struggles as well as our common hope.  It is a book that many could benefit from, both in learning more about ourselves and in helping others in their challenges.  Being an Oregonian, I found it really interesting to learn more about our city and the resources we provide (or don’t provide) to help those who are living on the streets.  Sometimes what we believe is a solution to a problem, isn’t always the right chapter to healing.  Our best practices must always include a degree of understanding, compassion and respect for the people we want to partner with.


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