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Bryan Barrish and a Tip of His Hat to Oprah

December 21, 2011

While reviewing and reading the Nominees submitted by all of the facilities for our employee of year awards I was reminded of something that I had seen earlier in the year.  It was a discussion of a “calling”  and all of our nominees in some way – in many different job titles have a calling.  The discussion was from an Oprah show- and whether you’re a fan or not- the piece was very moving and has stuck with me since.   

I would like to share a bit of the my edits to her transcript from her last show:

“What I knew for sure from this experience with you is that we are all called. Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. Every time we have seen a person on this stage who is a success in their life, they spoke of the job, and they spoke of the juice that they receive from doing what they knew they were meant to be doing.  Because that is what a calling is. It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be, doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. To live from the heart of yourself.  You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”

 “Each one of you has your own platform. Do not let the trappings here fool you. Mine is a stage in a studio, yours is wherever you are with your own reach, however small or however large that reach is. Maybe it’s 20 people, maybe it’s 30 people, 40 people, your family, your friends, your neighbors, your classmates, your classroom, your co-workers. Wherever you are, that is your platform, your stage, your circle of influence. That is your talk show, and that is where your power lies. In every way, in every day, you are showing people exactly who you are. You’re letting your life speak for you. And when you do that, you will receive in direct proportion to how you give in whatever platform you have. ”

“Nobody but you is responsible for your life. It doesn’t matter what your mama did; it doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do. You are responsible for your life. … You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself, and you’re responsible for the energy that you bring to others.”

“Start embracing the life that is calling you and use your life to serve the world and recognize what you bring in energy to the table.”

This is a lesson I will walk with for the rest of my life and I share it with our employees and the employees of the facilities we provide consultation to within our business.

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