Oprah’s Lifeclass Notes:
Joy to me is a feeling of deep gratefulness. I can create joy by focusing on the many things I’m grateful for. When I watched Oprah’s South African Christmas for the children I felt intense joy so deeply that I was in tears. Happy and grateful tears. When you recognize that somebody cares enough about you to show you that you matter, you never forget it. It’s great to feel that joy but wow! the chance to give that feeling to someone else is beyond description! Like Oprah says, it can be the littlest things. Little things that make a huge difference. I feel that way about Kiva. Many small things I can do each day. I look for them.
And Jake too! He loves to perform and he’s a huge fan of Stevie Wonder. Oprah arranged for Jake to sing for her audience and surprises him when Stevie Wonder starts accompanying him. It gives me goosebumps every time I see it. And I watch it over and over. What fun! For everyone involved. We the audience. Stevie Wonder is obviously enjoying. Oprah is giddy with joy excitement. And Jake! I can’t even imagine that anything will top this in his life. At least in the department of surprises. He says it’s his dream come true. Love those dreams! And when they come true…well…how amazing is that! Joy!
Nancy Kay meets Tom Cruise – her dreams fulfilled.
The great thing about joy is that it’s so much fun, so satisfying, so fulfilling to share. It’s contagious. It brings laughter, smiles and tears.
Joy comes in all forms? Elie Wiesel is another guest. How to bring consciousness and joy to such a horrific tragedy?
Clementine won Oprah’s essay contest – Why is Elie Wiesel’s book, Night, relevant today. Clementine won the contest. She also lived thru the genocide in Rwanda. In just 100 days, 800,000 people were slaughtered. Men, women and children killed with machetes. Bodies dumped. Clementine was 6 ears old at the time. She and her sister escaped, believing that their entire family had been killed. They ended up in the US and for 12 years, had not seen their family. They searched diligently for their parents. They last saw their parents in 1994. In 2001, they discovered that their family was alive. At the time of the reunion on The Oprah Show, they had not seen their family for 12 years. Had brothers and sisters that they had never met. The reunion was “amazing grace” moment (Oprah’s description). I was so grateful that getting to share that moment, even on TV, well…. and Elie Wiesel was there and shared the moment. Raw, pure joy!
Followup on Clementine… She is attending Yale University. Her pencil-case is the only thing that she still has from Rwanda. It holds her Yale Class of 2013 flag. Her pencil-case is her touch of the past and a reminder that she has to be grateful, quiet and …to complete her school work. She visited and spoke at Oprah’s school in Africa – what an inspiration to the other children. Her story is pretty amazing.
If you can’t find anything to be happy about, to fill you with real joy. Close your eyes and consider for a moment your breath. You still have it. You’re here right now. Let that fill you up. And build from there. Allow yourself to feel, experience the joy.
An Oprah message.
Oprah’s Lifeclass Lesson 10: Joy Rising (The Flash Mob)
Oprah’s Webcast Lesson 10: Joy Rising (The Flash Mob)
Oprah’s Lifeclass Notes