All too often we are so wrapped up with making other people happy that we don’t stop to think about ourselves for a change. Oprah Winfrey, along with other powerful personalities such as Deepak Chopra, Rob Bell, Mark Nepo, and Iyanla Vanzant, have created a classroom setting where people can come in, talk, and learn how to take care of themselves as well no matter what is going on in their lives.
“I’ve been on the road now since September, going from city to city on weekends for The Life You Want tour. It’s a dream that’s lived in me forever: to travel the world speaking face-to-face with women (and some very cool men) about the thing that matters most—raising our individual and collective consciousness to a higher vibration so that we each may fulfill our innate calling.”
Winfrey says that it is very fulfilling for her to see all of these people that come in to the room who want to better themselves and learn how to live for themselves once in a while.
One person came into the room during a weekend retreat that said that her main goal was to sleep with another man before she died. She had been married to a man who she claimed was a lying sociopath for decades and was now finally divorced. She wanted to start living her life again. She wanted to get back out there, have fun, and be confident. A man entered the room who simply stated that he wanted to better himself over the weekend. A group of sisters came together after one suffered a severe brain injury and recovered from it. They wanted to celebrate life.
All of these people that entered the room for this workshop all had one thing in common. They all had something in their lives that took over and left little to no room for them to be able to focus on themselves and live their lives the way they wanted to. This is what happens too often as adults. We take care of our children until they move out of the house, and even then they still come first above all. After that we are at the age where our parents are aging and need help so we put them above all else as well. Personal time and lives get pushed to the backburner. One of the biggest things that Oprah wanted all of these people experiencing these barriers to know is that there is really only one thing that you need to know in life in order to take care of yourself. You need to take care of yourself first and then you will be in the best shape to take care of others as well.