Friday, May 27, 2011

Everything I need to know I have learned from Oprah!

Pin It Now!   I don't know about you, but Oprah has been a big part of my life since I was in Junior High, it was the show that immediately followed General Hospital which back then was the first show on TV when I arrived home from school. So occasionally I would keep watching while I was working on my homework and became slowly fascinated and intrigued by this Spunky black woman that came into my bedroom via TV every afternoon. As I matured and grew older I felt compelled to turn to Oprah for answers to some of my life's questions. Now I know what some of you may say; Really you looked to Oprah for answers? I did I really did. Especially so when I was looking for a good book, I remember reading Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth. That was when I truly was hooked, what a profound choice for a book club reading.
  Several Years ago I was lucky enough to receive 2 tickets to a taping to one of Oprah's Shows. My friend Mary and I went the 5 hrs to get to Chicago in the middle of February and let me tell you it was an Awesome experience. We got to see Valerie Bertinelli and William Shatner and just the rush of being in the Studio and Audience was something I will never forget. The rest of the trip was just as memorable both good and bad. We went to the museums and other area attractions, and then upon leaving our hotel, My car was returned with not one but two flat tires. We managed to limp the car a few blocks to the tire store where I was promptly told it would be several hours. Lucky for us it was Free day at the local museums, hence our trip to Field Museum on this cold and rainy afternoon. We returned to the tire place hungry and tired and did not get my car back until almost 8 pm, so here we go on our journey home only to get  a third of the way down the freeway to hit the worst ice storm I have ever driven in. Really God!! So as we watch cars and trucks sliding sideways off the road, and my white knuckling it all the way, I managed to call my Dad who talked me to the nearest hotel in Paw Paw. We spent the night and continued home the next morning which thankfully was sunny albeit cold.
 Here is the thing although the road trip turned out to be frightful and felt like it was never ending I can take with me this, I will never forget being at Harpo Studios and seeing Oprah in person. She is a "real" person to me not just a TV Icon. I will forever hold that experience in my heart as one of the greatest experiences of my life.
 Many people don't like Oprah for whatever reason they have. I find people either Love her or Hate her there is no in between. I for one am one of the people who Love her and Respect her and all that she has done for people as I have watched her evolve over the last 25 years. I for one will miss her even though I did not have the chance to faithfully watch her every afternoon as Life simply got too busy. I will miss having the choice to tune my TV to her smiling face every afternoon at 4 PM.
  I do occasionally watch her new network OWN. It certainly is not the same as watching one of her new episodes but will have to do.
  Anyway here are the 10 Life Lessons Oprah has taught all of us, her viewers over the years and I will hold onto these in my heart and I will continue to carry them with me throughout my life and continue to teach them to my children and eventually grandchildren.
 I like millions of other Americans tuned into watch Oprah's Farewell Show, they even aired last night on prime time and I watched it for a second time last evening.

In a trim pink cocktail length dress, a radiant Oprah started off the show by running this quote from her first episode:

"One thread running through each show it is the message that you are not alone."

Then, looking directly into the camera, present day Oprah said, "I want to leave you with the lessons that have been the anchor of my life." And she did.

Consider the "you are not alone bit" above lesson no. 1. The other nine are condensed in handy printable form below:

2. "Wherever you are that is your talk show and that is where your power lies."

3. "[A calling] lights you up and lets you know you're exactly where you're supposed to be doing exactly what you're supposed to be doing. Live from the heart of yourself. You have to know what sparks the light in you so you in your own way can illuminate the world."

4. "Nobody but you is responsible for your life. And what is your life? What is all life? Every flower, rock, tree? Energy. And you're responsible for the energy that you create for yourself and that you bring to others."

5. "All the energy you spend trying to hurt someone else will turn around and slap you in the face."

6. "There is a difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing you are worthy of happiness. We often block our own blessings because we don't feel smart or pretty or worthy enough. The show's taught me you're worthy because you're born and you're here. You alone are enough."

7. "[People] want to know 'Do you see me, do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?' Try it with your children, your husband, your boss -- validate them. 'I see you. I hear you. And what you say matters to me.'"

8. "I know that presence [God], that flow -- some call it grace -- is working in my life at every single turn. It's closer than your breath and it's yours for the asking ... You can acknowledge it or not. You can ignore it. Or you can know it... God is love and god is life and your life is always speaking to you.

9. "My hope is you will be a safe harbor for somebody else. Connect, embrace, liberate, love just one person. Then spread that to two and see what a difference that makes."

10. "There are no coincidences. Only divine order here."

This has been a reading from the (inevitable) book of Oprah.

 Then with her grace and composure she did not say Goodbye or Farewell, but simply put "Until we meet again," and with that she exited the Oprah Show stage and it was all over. Twenty-years, of celebrity fanfare, tears and laughter. Book club, dark secrets revealed and amazing gifts, and so much more.
Oprah You will be missed by me and many.


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