Today’s #notetoself:

you can’t have everything you want.
you won’t want everything you need.

appreciate the journey.

Without a doubt, life has revealed the presence of this flow, this movement, this protection. Lately, I’ve been getting just what I need, whether it’s a momentary break from the imminent stormy weather long enough to see me through a beautiful, dry bike ride to work, music that makes me smile or puts me face-to-face with myself, a kind word, or a highly unlikely situation that restores my spirit and inspires me. Even with the challenges that accompany life, lately I’ve been feeling even more inspired, more in-tune, more connected to the magic and wonder this world offers. And I’m so very apreciative of it.

This snippet of Oprah’s Master Class where she discusses how The Color Purple taught her about the importance the role surrender plays in the process of getting what you want. It was so amazing and powerful, I wanted to share the entire videos from which the snippet was excerpted. If these videos are too much for you to commit to, please do watch this. It’s much shorter, yet incredibly powerful and inspiring.

Returning to the idea presented in today’s #notetoself, “God can dream a bigger dream for me, for you, than you ever could for yourself.” Thanks, Oprah.

Best wishes on your journey.


Part 1

Part 2

October 24, 2011 | filed under #notetoself, inspiring, moment of truth, monday motivation, watch this 


6 Responses to “surrender.”

  1. Travis Hellstrom on October 25th, 2011 4:40 am

    I love it Leandra, thank you.

  2. GG on October 25th, 2011 5:52 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It’s very timely. I realized recently that I’ve been saying no to things out of fear and not even realizing it. I had other reasons packaged around it to make it look different, you know?

    Now I’m reflecting on surrendering, being vulnerable, being open and seeing what’s there…also trusting what I can’t yet see.

  3. Leandra on October 26th, 2011 1:47 am

    You’re very welcome. This has been such a blessing for me right now, incredibly timely.

    GG you mentioned trusting what you can’t see. Today, I reflected on the story in the Bible about the Israelites wandering in the forest for 40 years because they lacked faith. That was it. They didn’t see a way out, but they couldn’t exit until they exercised faith. Thought about that and told myself to not let that be me. We all have our own personal wildernesses we get lost in. But we have to do what you said: surrender, be open and trust what we can’t yet see.

    Thank you for reminding me of that and connecting that with my earlier epiphany. :]

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  5. Amalia on October 27th, 2011 4:34 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this, I love it. I really need this right now, you have no idea! =)

  6. Leandra on October 31st, 2011 4:33 am

    You’re so welcome. I think most of us need this…more than we all know, myself included. It’s an incredibly powerful and inspiring message.

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