Oprah wrote a letter to her younger (25-year-old, to be exact) self in the upcoming issue of O magazine. It really is a great exercise. I published one of my own in Pure Heart: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Integrity. Anyway, as I was reading a news article about it (it doesn't come out on newsstands until next Tuesday), I really dug this exchange right here:
"Surprisingly though, given her incredibly drive and success, what is on her mind in that moment is entirely typical of any young woman her age: her boyfriend.
She adds: 'Even so, your biggest concern is how to manage your love life with Bubba. Yes, you are dating someone named Bubba.'
Recalling that she had taken him to see her workplace that day, Oprah assures her young self that though he seemed unimpressed, he was in fact intimidated.
She writes: 'You don't know this, though, because you can see yourself only through his eyes.
'A lesson you will have to learn again and again: to see yourself with your own eyes, to love yourself from your own heart.'
The spiritually motivated media guru remembers that even as a young woman she seemed to understand that the 'high calling' from God would affected change in life and provide fulfillment.
Writing of the day Chris Clark called to offer her the position at the Tennessee station she says: 'Your response was ignited by the words of your then-favorite Bible verse, Philippians 3:14. 'I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.'"
The Word says to "Seek and ye shall find" (Matthew 7:7-8) and in a single state, this is not only the ideal time to *seek* wholeness but if you are in a relationship, to *seek* wisdom (James 1:5) about the man's *real heart, real motives and real intentions*.
Good stuff right there. Amazing how clearly we see in hindsight.