Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bye Oprah...

Today, the very last Oprah show will air. Not everyone is an Oprah fan, but I bet everyone would agree she has had a positive impact on this world for the past 25 years her show has been on the air.

Mixed in with the makeover shows and the favorite things extravaganza, Oprah brought to the forefront issues that had been swept under the rug, like abuse, incest, eating disorders, and depression. She showed the tragic consequences of drunk driving, drug abuse and distracted driving. But I think what I will remember most is how she inspired me and many others around the world to be the best we could be.

Her tagline is "Live Your Best Life," and over the past two decades she has modeled what that looks like. She didn't start out her career as a billionaire and one of the most powerful women in the world. She worked her way up. But along the way she stayed strong in her faith, remained authentic to who she is and approached her work from a place of service.

As writers we can learn a lot from her. She found a way to do what she loves to do, gets paid well for it and has maintained her integrity along the way. This is something we all have the power to do. The last Oprah show my air today, but I know it is not the last we will see of her. I am sure she still has big dreams to accomplish and I have no doubt she will reach those... because she believes she can.

Do you believe you can achieve your writing dreams?

I will leave  you with these inspirational quotes from Oprah:

"What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come."

"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude."

"The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work."

"The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams."

"I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself."



John Paul McKinney said...

I didn't see her show very often but what I did see made me realize she was a classy lady. Thanks for the appraisal and especially for the reminder to live our best life.

Jerry Eckert said...

An unbelievable, and as yet unfinished, life story. This person was once reviled for her color, her brass and her gender. Now she is the most recognizable female face/name in the world. The strength of her attitude, coupled with humility, and lest we forget - brains, prevailed and the world is a better place.

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