Can You Hear Me Now?

Emile Quote

There are not many things I am sure of in this life. We all know that life, by its nature, is unpredictable. And there are very few things that can be called a sure thing.

Every month in her magazine, Oprah has a column that she writes entitled "What I Know For Sure". I have read several of them and have always admired Oprah for knowing so many things for sure. Certain events that have happened to me along the course of my life have, at times, made me unsure of almost everything. That Oprah. She sure has it all together.

But the more I thought about it I began to realize that there are a couple of things I do know for sure!  One of those things is that we - you and I - were brought into this life to excel at something(s). And the most important of those things is being who we are; whatever that means. As Emile Zola states, "I am here to live out loud." And so are you. So, what does that mean?

Living out loud means loving, respecting, honoring and celebrating your self. Living out loud is not an easy task. Some achieve it, some do not. But no matter what obstacles may stand between us and our authentic selves, we must be tenacious about reaching that goal.

It is a daily struggle. Sometimes we let our quirks and idiosyncrasies concern us. Other times we let the past creep into our present and steal our joy. And I'm sure I'm not the only one who has no problem identifying my shortcomings but find it a challenge to celebrate my victories.

Living out loud is one of those times when the journey is just as important as the destination. As we scoff at our faults, stew over past gaffes, and knock ourselves out over errors, there are lessons to be learned. And that's where the value lies. Learning those lessons opens your ears so that you can recognize your true self. And what good is living out loud if you can't hear and appreciate your own song?

Here is some more information to help you begin to live out loud - today! 

  1. Tiny Buddha offers 30 ways to live your life out loud.  
  2. Check out Iyanla Vanzant's take on the topic.  
  3. Elephant Journal gives some sound advice.  
  4. You can't go wrong with information from Huffington Post