We were there for “An Evening with Oprah”. We were there just to see her, to hear her voice, to laugh with her and to listen to the larger than life media queen as she shared her stories and insights learned throughout her life. The product of a single night’s encounter (which she credits to a poodle skirt), Oprah was raised in Mississippi by her grandmother, a maid who’s greatest wish for Oprah was that she would one day find some ‘good white folks’ like the family she was so fortunate enough to work for. “Well,” laughed Oprah, “I only wish my grandma was around to see me and all the good white folks I’ve got today!”
Oprah’s ability to speak from the heart, and openly share her wise perspective from her own life struggles is truly a gift. So, as one person so lucky to have been able to attend ‘the church of Oprah’ last Thursday, I think it’s only fair that I share a few of my favorite lessons:
1) Luck is preparation meeting opportunity. “Not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment, putting you in the best place for the next moment.”
2) Listen to the “whispers” in our life before they become crises or even catastrophes. “The universe speaks to us, always, first in whispers. And a whisper in your life usually feels like ‘hmm, that’s odd.’ Or, ‘hmm, that doesn’t make any sense.’ Or, ‘hmm, is that right?’ It’s that subtle. And if you don’t pay attention to the whisper, it gets louder and louder. I say it’s like getting thumped upside the head. If you don’t pay attention to that, it’s like getting a brick upside your head. You don’t pay attention to that—the brick wall falls down. What are the whispers? What’s whispering to you now?”
3) We become what we believe. “If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.”
4) To models, complaining about their looks, weight, and diets: “Honey hush girl, I will show you a thigh.”
In over 30 years of television, Oprah has become a global leader and source of energy and insight for people around the world. And there she was last week, the same funny, confident, wise and empowering woman that we’ve loved from our living rooms for so many years.
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-Courtney Swartz, Consultant