Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Well, we’re still here. And although the Apocalypse did not occur on May 21*, we are experiencing a type of end of days — or at least era — with The Oprah Show shutting down after 25 years! How am I going to exercise my tear glands and release oxytocin on a regular basis now??
Fanatic follower or not, you can’t deny that Oprah Winfrey has used her platform for educational and inspirational purposes with class and dignity, affecting millions all over the world in a positive way; she’s been an oasis in a TV landscape filled with Jerry Springers, Jersey/Atlanta/NYC/Mob Wives and a million CSIs and Law & Order’s.
One of Oprah’s “mandates” is to live your best life. The great thing about the end of days prophecy was that, although a joke to many, it perhaps for a minute forced us think about what we would like to do before our final day arrives, whether it is by mass destruction or natural causes.
Acknowledging the inevitability of death can be a powerful motivator, and if you’ve ever heard me speak, you know my mantra is “Your time and energy are your most precious resources.” So the question is: What are you doing with the breath, pulse and intelligence you possess while you still have it?
Another thing Oprah always talks about is the universal wisdom of being present, of living in the moment. Most people can spend days, months and years regurgitating the past or worrying about the future, which is one of the biggest wastes of that precious time and energy. It’s a delicate dance that requires deep discipline and profound love of life to “live each day as if it were your last” and to know that “there’s no time like the present.”
What will always snap us back to these truisms, at least temporarily, is the instant devastation we observe or experience like in the recent tornadoes, volcanoes and earthquakes, violent acts, or even simple accidents — recognizing that our physical belongings at the least, and our physical bodies at the worst, can literally be wiped out in a heartbeat.
The good news and reality is more likely that we are indeed coming to The End of the World as We Know It — and perhaps that’s not such a bad thing, you might even feel fine…But if you’re sensing a little too much doom in your days, give me a buzz and I’ll help with the uplifting of your spirit -while allowing you to remain here on the planet — so you can make the most of who you are every minute of every day!
*Originally published on kristinaleonardi.com on May 24, 2011
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Kristina Leonardi is a nationally recognized career and life coach, speaker and author who for over 14 years has empowered individuals to make lasting professional and personal changes aligned with their true passions and talents while fulfilling their role in the world at large.With a holistic and personal growth-oriented approach, she has helped hundreds of men and women over the past decade improve their job performance, enter or re-enter the job force, change careers, better manage their time and stress, and live happier, more meaningful, balanced lives. Her specialty is working with people who feel stuck or are in transition and can help you clarify exactly what you want to do, identify blocks, issues, and patterns in your way, and offer proven ideas, resources, and action steps to get you there.
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