That's why they call it life

So I finally got to watch Oprah's last episode.We don't have cable TV so it took me awhile to get there but I finally did it. Now, critics say Oprah should not be a prime authority when it comes to telling people how to run their lives. To me that's full of shit. Anyone who can influence people to want to do better things in their lives should be honored. Of course it will not stop dumb people from misinterpreting their advise - and there's danger in that kind of influence - but still, I believe that people are generally smart enough to want what's good for themselves and what's good for others.

I watched the last episode twice. On the second run, I took notes. LOL. Here are my notes, mostly quoted from Oprah:
  • This is exactly where I wanted to be. This is what I called to do.
  • Everybody has a calling and your real job is to figure out what that is and get into the business of doing it.
  • You will receive in direction proportion to what you give
  • You have the power to change somebody's life. The power is the same for all. Use your life to serve the world.
  • Nobody is responsible for your life except you.
  • You are responsible for the energy you bring to yourself and the energy you bring to others. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (Newton's Law).
  • Feelings of unworthiness is the root of all problems. 
  • You are worthy because YOU ARE BORN. and YOU ARE HERE. And YOU ARE ENOUGH. (Reminds me of a line from the movie The Help - You are kind, you are smart, you are impoh-tant :)
  • Everybody desires validation. (Including you and those that make your life difficult - haha- can't resist to add that in). Everybody asks: "Do you hear me? Do you see me? Does anything I say mean anything to you?"
  • Know God - the guidance greater than bigger minds.
  • If you don't pay attention to the whispers in your life - they will hit you like a ton of bricks. 
Makes you think, doesn't it.

So I looked for my original Jerry McGuire moment in this blog and thank God for blogger and search boxes, I found it easily here. Which also led me to my Mondo Beyondo list back in 2005. My list has changed after seven years though. Some of the basics are still there but I got to accomplish a lot of items that were on my list. I feel that because of that list, I got to live my life the way I wanted.

But here I am seven years later. Like marriage, the relationship with oneself needs assessment and rejuvenation. I've reached the crossroads again. I have found myself unhappy - not so much as I was back in 2005 - after all, I did find my calling. But something tells me I'm not quite there yet. So I need to revisit my mission statement and change it to the direction I want in my new age - 41. I need to do it now before it can hit me like a ton of bricks. I feel there's so many things I still want to do and so many things life has to offer. I don't want to reach the end of my days regretting the things I didn't do. I want to say I lived.

That's why they call it life.