Half way through the week & it's #WednesdayWisdom
This post has been a long long time coming, in fact when I started blogging in April 2016, I promised that I would do a post on Ellen Degeneres. Now 50,000 page-views in a month later, on the way to 100,000. It feels like the right time to do this.
Her show has been an unbelievably massive beacon of hope in my life, shining light into the darkest corners of my psyche and bringing out such laughter, I’ve never known. I truly believe that Laughter & Fun are absolutely necessary for the formula to happiness, Ellen excels in not only living both of those values but in bringing it out in other people from all over the world.
"Just keep swimming": An emotional Ellen DeGeneres held back tears as she stood next to President Obama and received the highest civilian honor given by The White House, the Medal of Freedom
Watching her show has brought untold joy into my life, not only for the exciting guests she has had but also for the reprieve she facilitates. Wherein, all my worries, all my problems seem to dissolve in her presence. Am I alone in this feeling?
So on this day of days, I share with you 5 Lessons Ellen has taught me.
5. "If someone says you’re weird, say “Thank You”"
True Story whenever people have told me this, I’ve replied, "thanks for the compliment."
I enjoy being different, I revel in it and so should you. Why would you want to be anything but unique and awesome?
4. “Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come.”
The two most important days in your life are the day you’re born and they day you find out why you were born. Find what sets your soul ablaze with passion, what motivates you to go above and beyond to achieve your dream life. If you ask Ellen’s family they would’ve said her brother Vance was the funny one. You’re meant for more than the 1’s and 0’s in your bank account.
3. "I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated & helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. That’s what I stand for."
What are your values? What do you stand for?
To me these are the best values to have, period.
I stand for a life uninhibited, a life of freedom, a life that I choose and no one else.
2. "Just Keep Swimming."
Such a simple phrase yet so profoundly effective in its motivation. Ellen has worked as a waitress, painter & even a bartender. My point is, like every single successful person she started out as a normal working class citizen. With dreams so BIG that, no one could’ve denied her even if they wanted to… try as they might. Life is all about choices and your choice to stick with it, to push through, to struggle, will be the very penultimate contributing factor to your Success. Whenever you feel down or lacking, sing that song in your head. Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming.
1. "Be Kind to One Another."
As evident by being number One on this list, this is my favorite lesson and favorite quote by her. It’s also the phrase I use to end every single one of my blog posts. This ties in to lesson number 3 and could be the condensed version of it, in fact. Another simple phrase but when repeated and practiced, has become a powerful force of good in this world.
Now for the FUN :-)
What would any Ellen Post be without DANCE!
On Monday I posted an inspirational story of a Mother's wisdom through her 3 year old daughter.
All about seizing the moment and Dancing like no one is watching. No one rocks out this more than Ellen
READ: Mommy Life Lesson with Shakira
Who could forget this Iconic moment with Barack Obama, then Future First Black President of America. As with recent events where he literally Dropped the Mic. Barack has an awesome personality and the very kind of person I would love to have as a president.
Barack Obama Dancing On Ellen Show - 2007
For more inspirational & motivation, I recommend you Watch & Save this Video
Bruno Mars' Inspiring Speech
Other awesome dancing videos include:
Or Watch this video, which is probably Ellen's Most Watched Video
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~Be Kind to One Another~ Ellen Degeneres