I can remember being a teenager, sitting on the couch after school eating what was probably a half of a bag of Doritos acting like I wasn’t watching Oprah. I was. Dad walking in from work and calling her ‘Okra’ which admittedly still makes me chuckle. Fast forward 20 years (ahem…or so) and I’m sitting next to my wife with some form of made up dessert item (nillas and Nutella) watching Oprah…THAT I TIVOED!!! Now I, uh we, don’t watch the shows that are about moms with 11 kids and the like, but I love the shows that talk about improving your spirit, your soul, your goodness. Dr. Oz teaching me about S-shaped poop or watching what Oprah has done to help educate those who most want to learn, rebuild those devastated by misfortune or reward those who have done good while asking for nothing in return; those are the shows I most remember. The shows that have taught me a simple lesson I can apply.
Could you imagine if we had leaders that ran our country the way Oprah ran her show? Her life? The ‘goodness’ factor of the world would increment by multiples. I think this woman got it right. She turned from ratings, ad revenue and celebrity to enrichment of the lives of others. I loved how she ended her show. I realize many didn’t. I thought the 60-minute monologue with some of her most poignant lessons that she wants to leave the audience with was right on the mark.
Three things I will take away from Oprah’s last show and hope I can remember to apply regularly without the regular hour-long reminder on our Tivo each day are:
1) Validate those in your lives. Listen to them. Interact with them. Do so with intent and without distraction.
2) Be responsible for your energy you create and the impact it brings into other people’s lives.
3) Live and lead your life with your heart – little can go wrong when you do this. Allow it to help find your calling and make it an excuse to follow that calling.
Oprah’s a smart lady. She’s also worth more of our time. I hope she continues to wield the power of her positive influence.
One more thing…I realize I have turned in my ‘man card’ with this post. Let the public lashing begin…