Book of the Month: What I Know For Sure - Oprah Winfrey

by - Maret 11, 2021

Terinspirasi dari blog Agnes Oryza, Babo Books, dan Dayhyun, aku berencana untuk membuat ulasan satu buku yang aku baca setiap bulan. Dan untuk bulan ini, pilihannya jatuh kepada buku:

𝙒𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙄 𝙆𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙁𝙤𝙧 𝙎𝙪𝙧𝙚 
𝙊𝙥𝙧𝙖𝙝 𝙒𝙞𝙣𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙮

Sebetulnya sudah sejak tahun lalu aku lihat rekomendasi buku ini di YouTube channel Suhay Salim dan Jenn Im, tetapi baru berkesempatan baca bukunya di tahun 2021. Aku juga penasaran baca buku Oprah karena aku tau dia salah satu penggemar berat karya Eckhart Tolle. Lalu Oprah juga punya tipe MBTI yang mirip denganku, yaitu ENFJ (kalau aku versi introvert, hehe), jadi semakin merasa kalau rasanya aku akan suka dengan buku-bukunya Oprah. Ternyata, memang benar, aku banyak sekali menangis waktu baca buku ini, haha. Her philosophies are on point!

Beberapa kutipan favoritku:

Part 2. Resilience

What I learned for sure was that holding the shame was the greatest burden of all. When you have nothing to be ashamed of, when you know who you are and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.

So when life gets difficult, I've found that the best thing to do is ask myself a simple question: What is this here to teach me?

Part 4. Gratitude

For sure we live in a youth-obsessed culture that is constantly trying to tell us that if we're not young and glowing and "hot", we don't matter. But I refuse to buy into such a distorted view of reality. And I would never lie about or deny my age. To do so is to contribute to a sickness pervading our society--the sickness of wanting to be what you're not.

The way to best life isn't denial. It's owning every moment and staking a claim to the here and now.

The whole point of aging, as I see it, is change. If we let them, our experiences can keep teaching us about ourselves. I celebrate that. Honor it. Hold it in reverence. And I'm grateful for every age I'm blessed to become.

Part 5. Possibility

What I know for sure is this: Whatever you fear most has no power--it is your fear that has the power. The thing itself cannot touch you. But your fear can rob of your life. Each time you give in to it, you lose strength.

So long as you're still worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them. Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself.

Part 6. Awe

Spirituality is not religion. You can be spiritual and not have a religious context. The opposite is true, too: You can be very religious with no spiritual dimension, just doctrine.

The greatest discovery of life: to recognize that you're more than your body and mind.

Part 7. Clarity

I've learned to focus my energy on the present, to be fully aware of what's happening in every moment and not to worry about what should have happened, what's going wrong, or what might come next.

The life coach was suggesting that you nurture yourself so you'll have more nurturing to give to those who most need you. It's the airplane oxygenmask theory: If you don't put your mask first, you won't be able to save anyone else.

Nothing is more effective than a deep, slow inhale and release for surrendering what you can't control and focusing again on what's right in front of you.

What I know for sure: Having the best things is no subtitutes for having the best life. When you can let go of the desire to acquire, you know you are really on your way.

Part 8. Power

As long as we play the "us and them" game, we don't evolve as people, as a nation, as a planet.

Because I know for sure that there is no them--there's only us.

Happiness is never something you get from other people. The happiness you fell is in direct proportion to love you are able to give.

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