Unlike Mitt Romney, I believe all of us have a shared value—we believe we can always be better. No one wants a hand-out; instead what we want is an opportunity. A sign at the end of our dark tunnel that light is indeed ahead if we keep our heads down and continue to push forward.
We are constantly striving to be better. That’s what evolution is all about.
In the January 2007 issue of O Magazine, Oprah said this:
What I learned at a very early age was that I was responsible for my life. And as I became more spiritually conscious, I learned that we all are responsible for ourselves, that you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You cannot blame apartheid, your parents, your circumstances, because you are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.
“You are not your circumstance”. This statement always takes my breath away with its truthfulness. We are not our circumstance; we are our dreams, our passion, and our desire. We are as limited as our aspirations—so, think, act, and dream BIG!
This week I saw two extraordinary photos. The first is the photo above of Oprah on the cover a Forbes with fellow billionaires. I felt my eyes water when I saw this. Oprah is the embodiment of dreaming big. Born a poor black girl in the segregated south, she decided at a young age that she was not her circumstance. Her life would be bigger and so, she built it.
This photo was a reminder to me that we are as trapped as we allow our minds to be. But, it’s not enough to just think big, you need to turn your aspirations into action—otherwise your future will only exist in your daydreams and not your reality.
The second is of Jay-Z and Beyoncé with President Obama. This picture is priceless. Not just because Jay and Bey are the reigning King and Queen of Hip Hop hanging in the company of the first African American President, but because of the work they put into their personal evolution.
It would have been fine for Jay-Z to fade away like many rappers do when they hit a certain age, but like he said in Oprah’s Master Class he “ wants to expand the [hip hop] genre” into an art form, not just a lot of flash and swag. If you listen to his lyrics or attend his concerts you know you are not just watching a show. He continues to grow his art and toil at his craft. He too was not trapped by his circumstance.
It would be fine for Beyoncé to ride her beauty all the way to the bank and cease to grow as an artist, but she doesn’t. Her discipline and attention to detail is remarkable and inspiring.
These are my photos of the week. They inspire me to think bigger and be better.
We are our dreams, our ambition, and our discipline.
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