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    Oprah spent her last farewell show on May 25th sharing what she knows for sure from doing the more than 4,500 shows for the past 25 years. She considered the show and her viewers as “her great love” and this finale show, sharing with us her words of advice and encouragement, as her “love letter” to all of us.

    Here’s what resonated with me and my summary from what she taught us. Whether you saw the show or not, or whether you like Oprah or not; she shared some important spiritual messages that we can all reflect on.

    Worthiness

    Oprah said that the common thread she saw in the shows and her viewers is the feeling of unworthiness. “You are worthy because you were born.” We often times block the blessings in our lives because we don’t feel worthy enough.

    Energy

    All life is energy. We are energy, like radio transmitters putting out energy to the world. You are responsible for your own energy and the energy that you bring to others. Know that every action to you “put out there” will have an equal and opposite reaction that comes back to you. She encouraged us to find the “love energy inside of ourselves.”

    Calling

    As she was called to do this show, she encouraged all of us that we have a calling too. Our real job is to figure out what that calling is and get to work doing it. Your calling is something you are meant to do and should give you the” joy and the juice” to do it. As you live from the heart of yourself, your calling will light you up. Live your calling in your own way, so you too can “illuminate the world.”

    Service

    We are all called to serve. We receive in direction proportion to how much we give. It’s been the greatest gift for her to serve us with this show for the past 25 years and she called us to action. “Don’t waste another moment to use your life to serve the world.”

    God

    When asked about what is the secret to her success Oprah replied, “My team and Jesus. Nothing but the hand of God made this possible.” There are no coincidences in life, only divine order. She said how all of her life she has felt the presence of God and that this presence is always working in our lives. She explained that it’s “closer than your breath and comes to you like a whisper.” Waiting and listening for this guidance is how she operated and how she was able to do this show for 25 years. Questions for us to consider: What are your whispers? Will you hear them?

    Gratitude

    She ended the show with messages on gratitude. “Gratitude is the single greatest treasure I’ll take from this experience.” It was a privilege for her to share “this yellow brick road of blessings” with us and she would offer a prayer of gratitude before each show.

    In conclusion, Oprah said something like this a couple of times that is a wonderful question for all of us to ponder on. “Our life is always speaking to us, how will we then let our lives speak for us?

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    Janae Bower is an inspirational speaker, award-winning author and training consultant. She founded Finding IT, a company that specializes in personal and professional development getting to the heart of what matters most. She started Project GratOtude, a movement to increase gratitude in people’s lives.