It’s been a whirlwind of activity since arriving in Toronto on Saturday night. But the event everyone is talking about is Monday’s visit to Oprah’s Lifeclass – The Tour. Oprah was filming her show live in Toronto and we had tickets.
The whole day came together thanks to the fabulous Auntie ‘Cole. When I discovered Oprah would be filming in Toronto the same week I was visiting I immediately went online to try and get tickets. Unfortunately all the shows were sold out. But I threw the idea out there to Auntie Cole anyway – knowing she is the queen of negotiations and pulling rabbits out of her ass. And lo & behold, she made some calls and the next day we had 2 tickets to the show. That’s my girl!
Although we were less than thrilled with the disorganization, the chosen venue (a big room with rows of chairs at a convention center), and the excessive time without food or clear breaks (almost 7 whole hours!)… The show was still pretty powerful. With Oprah, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Iyanla Vanzant, and Bishop T.D. Jakes how it could not be? Auntie Cole and I laughed, cried, embraced, learned, and enjoyed ourselves. And we were even lucky enough to sit close to the front (thank god!) and behind one of the guests Oprah spoke to in the audience – So we get our faces on TV too!
The show airs on April 30th @ 8pm EST on Oprah’s OWN Network. Check it out and see if you can find us.
The theme of the show was gratitude. A perfect theme for my life these days. For all of our lives every single day.
There were lessons about releasing expectations… Finding joy in the seemingly mundane beauty of day-to-day life… How to instill gratitude in our children… Finding ways to be grateful even during life’s rough moments… And how living life from a place of gratitude can make a monumental shift in the way you experience and perceive your existence.
One of the lessons that stuck with me is the importance of not letting one single solitary event define your whole life. I know I cannot let breast cancer… or my mom’s death… or any of the drama of the last few years overtake me or become my whole life. I am so much more than that. We all are.
I know that living from a place of gratitude is one of the big reasons my scans were so successful last week. I know I must never loose sight of all that I have to be grateful for. Yes, life can totally suck at times. But who promised it wouldn’t?? Life is full of suffering. But it is also full of joy and beauty. And there is value in all our life experiences if we are open to looking for it and receiving it.
What am I grateful for today? I am grateful for this time in Toronto to be with all my amazing friends… For the joy on Miss M’s face when she plays and dances around with her BFF Miss K… For the sunshine… For not having to do chemo… And for the love I continue to receive from family, friends, and even strangers all over the world.
What are you grateful for today?