“I am privileged to explore and create my life’s journey.”
This mantra came to me while reading a new book today. I have been reading The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey. Honestly, upon first selecting this book, my expectations were not high. Growing up, I had heard quite a bit of criticism directed towards Oprah Winfrey. Looking back, I think it mostly stemmed from my deeply religious family and friends’ critique of her spiritual beliefs, but the damage was still done.
However, as I have been diving in deeper into spirituality, and questioning my own place in it, I have noticed a monumental shift in my mindset.
My preconceived notions of people and their opinions have been vastly surpassed. As in, my mind is more open to hearing others’ opinions that may appear quite contrary to those I was taught growing up. Thus, I have been reading Oprah’s book.
I am about halfway through, and I have been beyond pleasantly surprised. I have been greatly surprised.
People I had held great criticism or, in some cases, great distaste for, offered up some valuable nuggets of wisdom throughout Oprah’s book. Joel Osteen, the televangelist I held (and honestly, still hold some) deep skepticism for, even offered some great advice. Despite my misgivings about some of these people’s fame and message, they all held some of the very same beliefs as I did!
I have been realizing that my long accepted truths, may not be as true as I thought them to be. Perhaps, these people I have dismissed as “wrong” or “delusional” may actually hold some wisdom that I have been willingly ignorant to. The beginning of questioning my own beliefs has opened me to acceptance of other people’s beliefs.
The reality of this breakthrough has become clear to me: no one holds all the answers. Even the great prophets of the Bible did not know all of the answers. We are all human, therefore, we are all fallible. The best we have to offer is to work with what we have, our natural talents and skill, follow our intuition, and offer ourselves in service to others and the universe.
I believe we can set out to achieve that by always questioning everything, listening with intent to understand, and maybe the greatest soul shift of all.. opening our hearts to the notion that perhaps our competitors, those we consider the complete opposite of us, may have a bit of wisdom to their ways too.