What I Know For Sure - Oprah Winfrey at TheJoyChaser.com

Recently it was my friend’s birthday and I sent her a book. A  book that entered my life at just the right time. A book that thrilled me, inspired me and galvanised me into action.

But this one is a very special book… because it is imbibed with the magic that is OPRAH.

Oprah Winfrey credit: Oprah.com

I started watching Oprah’s shows when they were first broadcast in the UK and I knew then that there was something magical about her. There’s an essence, a quality, a truth, that shines through her words.

What I know for sure

What I Know For Sure is a culmination of 14 years of columns written by Oprah in her O magazine. Reading back all those columns, these nuggets of inspiration, of truth, was a journey for Oprah herself.

I instantly remembered wracking my brain and searching my soul, sitting up late and waking up early, all to figure out what I’ve come to understand about the things that matter in life, things like joy, resilience, awe, connection, gratitude and possibility.

Each of the book’s chapters collects together what Oprah has learned about these areas – when I realised the first chapter was JOY, my word for the year at the time, it definitely felt like there was a special kind of karma at work!


There are lessons in this book that I still need to explore more fully. Lessons like the one that Oprah learned herself about intention from Gary Zukav’s The Seat of the Soul; that every action, thought and feeling we have is motivated by an intention and that we need to become more aware of the intentions that inform our experiences so that we can understand that cause and effect. Through this understanding, Gary believes, comes choice.

Deep right? I know. But there’s a real nugget of wisdom there that I want to unpack! I’ve written before about choosing JOY rather than expecting it to just arrive in my lap and on so many pages in this book that wisdom is echoed back to me.

What I know for sure is a book I return to agin and again because it truly inspires me. And being inspired can be a spark that lights up your whole day, which is why it’s one of the positive habits that I practise daily and teach in my Happiness Habits Routine eCourse.

My 5 fav inspirational OPRAH quotes…

Here are 5 of my favourite inspirational quotes from the book – I’ve added emphasis to the parts that resonate SO much with me but I’d love to hear which ones resonate with you – why not leave me a note in the comments below?

#1 I hope that you aren’t so wrapped up in nonessential stuff that you forget to really enjoy yourself – because this moment is about to be overOprah

I LOVE this quote because it speaks to being in the moment, something that I’m acutely aware of NOT doing all the time. This moment is about to be over. So, so powerful. Let’s make a pact to really live in each moment and remember that this moment is the only one we know we have for sure.

#2 The true measure of your courage is not whether you reach your goal – it’s whether you decide to get back on your feet no matter how many times you’ve failedOprah

Some of my goals find me starting over almost every day! Like not being a shouty Mum, like rising about drama and frustration, like seeing the joy in the small things. This quote reminds me to be kind to myself and keep moving forward.

#3 Everything you do and say shows who you are. Let it be the truth – Oprah

Wow. This one hits me right between the eyes and makes me catch my breath. Be aware, be present and be conscious because we’re modelling how to live for our children right here, right now.

#4 I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become – as a woman thinks, so she isOprah

This quote brings me back to the lessons I have learned about visualisation and seeing the positive to make it happen. Our negative thoughts and words are so poisonous to ourselves and to others.

#5 I was once afraid of people saying, “Who does she think she is?” Now I have the courage to stand and say, “This who I am.” – Oprah

And so I have come full circle and returned to the word INSPIRATION. How amazing would it be for us all to stand up and say this last quote out loud in front of all the nay-sayers, the unsupportive and negative people in our lives?

But wait, let’s go further. Let’s stand in front of the mirror each day and say this to OURSELVES!

This is who I am - read more at TheJoyChaser.com

I LOVE What I Know For Sure. I read it almost every day and when I get to the end I start all over again. I’ve bought copies for my Mother, my Sisters and my girlfriends. Those nuggets of wisdom need sharing!

I hope that, on her birthday, my friend found a measure of joy in What I Know For Sure. What I know for sure is that I will continue to read it for the daily inspiration that Oprah has gifted to us all. What inspires you?

Michelle Reeves


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