“The real purpose is to realize your purpose. If you’re not living on purpose, you’re not living” – Oprah Winfrey
An evening with Oprah, Montreal
Clapping, chanting, screaming, smiles & tears welcomed a famous woman known around the world. Wearing a white chemise and long green skirt, she carried along with her enthusiasm, happy emotions, a beautiful smile & glowing tears! «I’m going to cry up» she says with a sense of humor as she moves her head backwards looking towards the sky. WOW, what a breathtaking begining! Was the television & interview queen truly standing in front of my eyes? Was the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the owner of the OWN network, the greatest philanthropist in American history, the world’s most influential and powerful woman in the world, the richest African-American of the 20th century, the founder of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls (South Africa), the successful woman who has interviewed thousands of people… Was she really here in Montreal for the first time ever? Yes, yes and yes! The inspiring Oprah Winfrey was at the Bell center on April 11th 2013. During this evening she shared with us her life experiences, stories and guided us on a journey communicating the importance of taking control of our lives and showing us how to reach our fullest potential. 15 000 people (mostly women) including myself shared space & time with Oprah this Thursday evening, a true once in a lifetime opportunity. I must admit, Oprah was not the only one who was “crying up”. Those very 1st few seconds of seeing Oprah live for the first time seemed so unreal. Her enthusiasm & emotions filled the entire place and were so contagious that many people were «crying up» along with her, even me…
Oprah started the evening by asking the audience a simple & yet complex existential question: Why are we here? The purpose behind her question was to emphasize that regardless of who we are, what matters is that we are all breathing, all alive & that we are now here for the same positive reasons. Even her first few minutes talk was awe-inspiring. Then, she openly spoke to us about her professional and her personal life. She shared with us the unique path that moved her from being a victim of poverty, abuse & rape to being the successful woman that she is today. “Being poor worked out for me” said one of the richest woman on the planet. “If I didn’t believe women could go so far, I wouldn’t be where I am!” Impressive to hear that the woman who repetitively attempted to kill her self as a teenager is also the same woman who today lives to give life, devoting her time, effort & positive energy to making a difference in people’s lives! It is the sharp contrast between her past and her present, the sharp contrast between who she was and who she is today that makes her a tremendously inspiring person for millions. The purpose of life, spirituality, intentions, failure & success, love & fear, happiness, hope, power and the conscious self were amongst the plethora of fundamental life topics uttered by Winfrey.
It is with enthusiasm that I would like to share with you, the readers, some of Oprah Winfrey’s wonderful, meaningful & powerful words said yesterday evening during this absolutely empowering experience. In order to do so, I take the interview approach, the Liveuphoria interview approach. During her uplifting evening talk in Montreal Canada, Oprah “answered” most of the questions that I would have loved to ask her in person…
How does Oprah Winfrey Liveuphoria? Here are some of Oprah’s sayings last night…
Who inspired or inspires you the most?
“Barbara Walters. I always pretended to be her early on in my life
What is the first thing you do or think of every morning?
“I watch the sunrise every morning. It’s my favorite moment. The sun is my faith!”
According to you Oprah, what is the purpose of life?
“The real purpose is to realize your purpose. If you’re not living on purpose, you’re not living. Just live the highest expression of yourself.”
The Oprah Winfrey Show, tell us about your experience…
“I had the best 25 years of my life. For 25 years, everyday was like my wedding day! That’s why I didn’t get married.”
What is your definition of failure?
“Failure is life at its poignant moment. It looks like the end, it looks like failure but it’s just the universe coming to tell you to move in another direction.”
According to you, what is power?
“The greatest power is your ability to love. You are the one teaching people how to treat you so know where your power is. Be yourself, love yourself, take control of yourself.”
Oprah, are there any words you would like to share about your experience here in Montreal Canada?
As a final message to her large audience filled with fans, this fabulous woman tells us to:
change our enery from negative to positive
, to express gratitude, to be grateful for what we have
, to be who we are
and not pretend to be someone else & finally, in her own words, she concludes by saying: “my wish or prayer for you is to listen, to pay attention to your life. TAKE YOUR GLORY AND RUN!”
Once in a lifetime experience
From TV to reality…
Fascinating, incredible, touching, breathtaking, heartwarming, uplifting, impressive… It is the sum of those words & more that could best describe my experience. It was beautiful to finally see & meet a person who also loves life, courageously aims high, takes risks, remains positive no matter what & who loves to share her happiness, her energy, help & encourage people to make their day beautiful. The unpredictable length of time that we have left in life is enough to motivate us to take control of ourselves, live a life with purpose, be grateful & liveuphoria daily! Pay attention to your life and remember : ” life wants you to know that you alone, just with yourself, by yourself & for yourself is enough”
- Oprah Winfrey
Few pictures coming soon