Today was the last Oprah show ever. For 25 years, Oprah has been on the front lines covering current events, interviewing celebrities, and talking about things no one else would talk about.
Oprah NEVER MISSED A SHOW because she knew her audience was waiting. That is dedication, perseverance and as she says, that was what she was called to do.
I watched her religiously for years along with my daily ABC soaps (thanks to my VCR). I learned SO much from Oprah. Then slowly I stopped watching soap operas, and pretty much gave up daytime TV all together. Oprah and I had a long run, and I was ready to move on to other things. When I was home and it was 4:00 p.m., I would tune in and see what was going on with Oprah and her guests. The topics were riveting, and the celebrities entertaining. It was comforting to know that she was there everyday at 4:00 p.m., whether I watched the show or not.
And who could ever forget Oprah's "Favorite Things" list? I know I tuned in every year during the holiday season to see what would make her list.
Today, I had to watch in real time at 4:00 p.m. I am so happy I did. Oprah gave all of us, her viewers, a very touching tribute. I made a few notes during the broadcast (which I did record).
- We block our own happiness because we don't feel worthy. That is SO deep, and SO true, and I had forgotten that lesson, and now that it has been refreshed, I am going to spend some time with that and figure out how to get past the roadblocks in my own life. Oprah made that statement in the context of addiction to: food, alcohol, drugs, shopping, sex, or whatever else we use to numb the pain of not feeling like we are enough.
- Everyone wants to be validated. They want to know: Do you see me? Do you hear me? Everyone wants to be heard.
- Validate the people in your life.
- Everyone has a calling. Your job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. (Oprah Winfrey, 05/25/2011)
Thank you, Oprah, for reminding me that I am worthy of all the goodness of life, and to get out there and pursue my calling.