Friday, November 20, 2009


I seem to be on an Oprah posting slant lately, but what brought me to her today is the announcement of the end of her show after 25 seasons! I grew up with her! Oh Opee!! How can you leave us?!!

Truth be told, I am probably not the only one who noticed that in recent years her show wasn't what it used to be. It seemed more commercial, lacking the depth and authenticity for which The Oprah Show was so famous. She seemed to be gaining weight, appeared bored and generally less enthusiastic about guests and subject matter. Sometimes I felt she just kind of had her show as a stage for the products and projects of some of her celebrity friends like Julia Roberts, Shaquille O'Neille and Maria Shriver. As a lifelong viewer of this show (wow - my whole life almost!!) it feels very right to read that she is choosing to move on at this point and I think a lot of her supporters would agree.

I'm still looking for a video clip of the actual announcement since I'm living in Munich and they don't show her here... but in the meantime, here is a repost from that I think any Oprah fan would enjoy:

Since the day the late Gene Siskel asked me, "What do you know for sure?" and I got all flustered and started stuttering and couldn't come up with an answer, I've never stopped asking myself that question. And every month I must find yet another answer. Some months I feel I hardly know a thing, and I'm always pressed to make the deadline for this column. This time around, in honor of our tribute to the subject, I looked back and came up with my all-time top 20:

1. What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what. (This is my creed.)

2. You define your own life. Don't let other people write your script.

3. Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.

4. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. (A lesson from Maya Angelou.)

5. Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.

6. What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become what you believe.

7. If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that will be enough. (From the German theologian and humanist Meister Eckhart.)

8. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.

9. Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.

10. If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.

11. Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn't lie.

12. Love yourself and then learn to extend that love to others in every encounter.

13. Let passion drive your profession. 

14. Find a way to get paid for doing what you love. Then every paycheck will be a bonus.

15. Love doesn't hurt. It feels really good.

16. Every day brings a chance to start over.

17. Being a mother is the hardest job on earth. Women everywhere must declare it so.

18. Doubt means don't. Don't move. Don't answer. Don't rush forward.

19. When you don't know what to do, get still. The answer will come.

20. "Trouble don't last always." (A line from a Negro spiritual, which calls to mind another favorite: This, too, shall pass.) 

So thanks, Gene, for asking me the question. 

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