'I am a woman in process' A lesson from Oprah on Learning

Learning is an invaluable asset that shapes our lives, enabling us to grow, adapt, and navigate the intricate tapestry of existence. It is a lifelong journey, one that transcends boundaries of age, gender, and circumstance. Oprah Winfrey once beautifully encapsulated this sentiment: "I am a woman in process. I'm just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it." 

As Oprah aptly stated, "I am a woman in process," her words resonate with the universal truth that each individual, irrespective of their roles, is constantly evolving and learning. We can all acknowledge this sentiment and apply it to the various aspects of our lives. For instance, I can declare that I am a man in process, a musician in process, a singer in process, and a father in process. In every facet, I recognize the need to learn from life's experiences, striving to enhance my abilities as a musician, singer, father, and global citizen.

Being in a constant state of growth is fundamental to personal development. Just as an artist refines their craft over time, I acknowledge the need to continuously improve as a musician. Learning from my musical experiences, I strive to broaden my repertoire, refine my techniques, and deepen my understanding of music theory. Through dedicated practice, exploration of new genres, and collaboration with fellow musicians, I aim to evolve and reach new heights in my musical journey.

Similarly, as a singer in process, I recognize the significance of embracing learning and growth. I seek to refine my vocal skills, expand my vocal range, and cultivate versatility in various styles and genres of music. Through vocal training, performance opportunities, and self-reflection, I am committed to honing my craft, expressing my emotions through the power of voice, and connecting with audiences on a profound level.

As a father in process, I understand that parenting is a lifelong journey of learning and adaptation. Each day presents an opportunity to grow as a parent, understanding the evolving needs of my child, fostering their development, and nurturing a strong bond. By seeking wisdom from experienced parents, engaging in open communication, and learning from my own successes and failures, I aim to become a better father, providing love, guidance, and support to my child.

Furthermore, as a global citizen in process, I acknowledge the importance of continuously expanding my understanding of diverse cultures, perspectives, and global issues. I embrace opportunities for cross-cultural exchange, engage in meaningful dialogues, and educate myself about global challenges. Through empathy, compassion, and active participation, I strive to contribute positively to my community and the world at large.

In all these roles, I recognize the transformative power of learning and growth. I am committed to embracing every life experience as an opportunity for self-improvement, recognizing that the journey of continuous improvement is what fuels personal fulfillment and makes a positive impact on the world. By remaining open to new knowledge, insights, and perspectives, I navigate the dynamic path of self-discovery and contribute to a better version of myself, fulfilling my potential in all aspects of life.

I must recognize myself  as an individuals in process, continuously learning and evolving. May I always have the fortitude and courage to approach every conflict, every experience, with a mindset of curiosity and open-mindedness. 

This reminds me of the essence of Japji Sahib which Guru Nanak outlines in the 38th and penultimate stanza:

Jat PaharaJat pāhārā dhīraj suni-ār.
Let self-control be the furnace, and patience the goldsmith.
aharaṉ mat vayd hathī-ār.
Let understanding be the anvil, and spiritual wisdom the tools.
bha-u khalā agan tap tā-u.
With the Fear of God as the bellows, fan the flames of tapa, the body’s inner heat.
bhānḏā bhā-u amrit tit ḏhāl.
In the crucible of love, melt the Nectar of the Name,
ghaṟī-ai sabad sachī ṯakasāl.
and mint the True Coin of the Shabad, the Word of God.
jin ka-u nadar karam tin kār.
Such is the karma of those upon whom He has cast His Glance of Grace.
nānak nadarī nadar nihāl. ||38||
O Nānak, the Merciful Lord, by His Grace, uplifts and exalts them. ||38||