Oprah Winfrey truly is an inspirational woman whichever way you look at it. There are many in the world who don’t like her but that is their choice. It’s hard to like everyone. However, when you consider her beginnings in life, it is amazing that she can have such a positive outlook today.
Oprah was the first child of two unmarried teenagers. (This was a big deal in the 1950s). Her parents didn’t know what to do with her so they sent her to live with her grandmother. When she was six, her grandmother passed away and she moved back in with her mother and three half brothers where they were living in the ghetto in Milwaukee. From the age of 9 she was sexually abused by relatives that her family trusted. She ran away from home many times and became a difficult teenager. She fell pregnant at 14 years of age. The baby died soon after birth. Oprah became more difficult to control so her mother sent her to live with her father in Nashville, who was much stricter. He made her learn 5 new vocabulary words each day and she was not allowed dinner until she had learned these words. From this point on, Oprah began turning her life around excelling academically and winning beauty pageants. She is currently one of the richest and most influential women in the world today. She has a generous heart and gives a large part of her fortune away to charities. Oprah began a school for girls in South Africa and is providing these girls with a first class education. She is encouraging them to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Oprah believes that every person has a purpose in life. Just as she has risen above her past, she encourages others to do the same.
Her message is clear, live your life with purpose. Know what you want to achieve and take steps toward that goal. Keep your eye on the goal and believe it is yours. Celebrate your achievements. Celebrate and be thankful for your blessings. Live a life of gratitude.
Have a blessed day 🙂