Photo: Fabrizio Ferri
Find the flow and follow it. You can't go wrong. Even if you're in a situation where you feel uncomfortable or out of place, don't try to swim against the current. Change direction. Find the flow and follow it.
Moving with the flow of life has given me supreme confidence because I know there's a Power greater than I, a natural rhythm to things that is a force beyond my own. I trust it and believe that no matter what, I will be okay. I know for sure that this is the ultimate in confidence. I know that I am more than my personality, my body, and my body image.
Life is huge, more expansive than we can feel or imagine. Even in my deepest meditation or moments of profound awareness, I can only connect with a fraction of all that is alive. Whenever I find myself in a difficult situation, I'm reminded of a line from a Maya Angelou poem called "Our Grandmothers": I go forth / alone, and stand as ten thousand. I think of all who've come before me and had to endure trials that would level most of us in our urban comfort zones, and I realize I'm not the first person to face big challenges. This has been done before. I can do it again, maybe even better.
What Oprah Knows for Sure
From the May 2004 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
We Hear You!