• Sonia Jackson

Hardships and Obstacles

Sometimes it seems that the hardships in our history and the obstacles in front of us in life are massive, crisscrossed, rusted and obscure from us what we want. We see them as the reason why we haven’t done more, got more, been more.

“I wish I had her life,” my friend was pointing to the picture of Oprah on the cover of O Magazine.  I understand the wish.  Oprah Winfrey is one of the most influential, successful and richest people in the world today; multi-award-winning talk show host, actress, producer, philanthropist is only a glimpse of her empire. Kind, generous and driven.

Oprah’s history, however, wasn't always easy: born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother, grew up in Milwaukee and was repeatedly molested by family and a family friend, was a runaway, became a teenage mother only to have her son died in infancy.

But even with obstacles and hardships as a child, Oprah’s past didn't stop her from becoming the powerhouse she is today.  She found a way to her father, excelled as an honors student in high school, and won an oratory contest which secured her a full scholarship to college. Her current net worth is estimated at $2.9 billion.

Oprah’s history of hardships and obstacles became the foundation on which she built a life of humanitarianism and entrepreneurialism and became our best friend.

We may not all create a net worth in the billions or, maybe, we might surpass it but one thing seems certain. If we dwell on our hardships and obstacles, that’s all we’ll see and we’ll get more. But if we look through the obstacles, we can see there's always a little blue sky somewhere. If we stand on the hardships, they become the foundation upon which we can build a platform where we can reach for the stars in that blue sky.

Today I stand on platform in heavenly blue skies and life shows me blessings and infinite possibilities!

Blessings - Sonia

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