Finding and Following a Calling
Oprah Winfrey, the renowned talk show host and arguably the most famous woman on planet earth, recently delivered a talk to several hundred graduates at Roosevelt University, Chicago in which she addressed the topic of finding and following a Calling, referring to the age old belief that each and every one of us is born with a purpose and a destiny to fulfill in our lives.
‘There is a sacred calling in each of our lives that goes beyond this degree you’re about to receive,’ said Winfrey, ‘There is a contract that you made, and that I made, with the Creator when we came into being. You made a contract, you had a calling. And whether you know it or not, it is your job to find out what that calling is and get about the business of doing it.’
Winfrey told the crowd of almost 4,000, that if they were prepared to surrender to their dreams and become willing to follow their hearts, then their true purpose in life, their ‘calling’, would unfold before them.
‘The force divine, God, can dream a bigger dream for you than you can ever dream for yourself. Surrender to that dream, the universe’s dream for yourself.’
In a moving and profound presentation, the talk show superstar held the audience spellbound as she presented concepts and philosophies that the majority of students, parents and friends would never have been exposed to in all their years of formal education, emphasizing the need for openness and a willingness to change old thinking patterns.
‘When you decide that your life will be different, that your circumstances will be different, that your environment will be different; when you decide, that is when it changes. You give yourself the authority to be who you were meant to be. You continue to evolve your life through every thought, through every feeling and every action. That is how we are most created equal. Be aware and honor that calling.’
Oprah received a prolonged standing ovation and it was clear from the audience reaction that she’d touched a deep and resonant chord, not just in the young graduates, but also with their parents and the staff at Roosevelt University.