I admit it. I watch Oprah. I remember the early days of her show, before the 4pm time slot. It was entertaining, sure, but I never fully appreciated who she was and what she did back then.
I just watched the 3rd last Oprah show ever (yes, they’ve gone a bit overboard with counting down the last episodes). As I watched celebrity after celebrity sing her praises (literally-great song, Beyonce) and everyday people share how Oprah changed their life, it hit me how much of an effect she has had on people, male and female. A self-made Billionaire (that’s right, with a “B”), from humble beginnings, whose goal in life has been to serve others. And she has succeeded beyond anyone’s expectations. She brings awareness to issues that need it and shares with us her “A-ha” moments so that we might find our own.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a die-hard Oprah follower. I don’t preach from the Church of Oprah. Oprah is just a human, and not one to be followed in that way. But I have had my own “A-ha” moments that have been directly caused by something I saw on her show. So, I do occasionally peruse her magazine. 4pm is “Oprah time” at work, much to the dismay of the men in the room. And I admit I have watched a couple of shows on her network.
She’s covered every topic under the sun, given away tens of thousands of dollars worth of “Favorite Things” (“you get a car and YOU get a car…), and no one can dispute her interviewing skills. Like her or not, one can’t help but admire her work ethic, her persistence, her focus, her demand for excellence and her zeal for making life better for others. Those are qualities we can all learn from. She has been a beacon of positivity in an otherwise uninspired collection of TV programming. She is proof that if you set out to help others, you will succeed in life. You will be well taken care of and will be able to help even more. It’s a fantastic cycle that she is living to the 1000th degree.
So, I bid you farewell Oprah. I know you’ll still be around but 4pm won’t be the same without you. You will be missed…