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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Oprah's Last Show

For many years, I visited my mother at her senior citizen apartment. At 4:00 pm sharp, Mom would regularly say, “Put channel 4 on for Oprah.” Together, we watched and commented about Oprah’s clothes, jewelry, hairdo, shoes. We also discussed the show Oprah presented and Mom never failed to say, “You should send her your books. I’m sure she will love them.” Thanks Mom for your faith in me.

So on May 24, 2011, in memory of my Mom, who passed away a few months ago, I watched Oprah Winfrey deliver her last speech, an emotional goodbye.

I admired her pink dress and took note of her words.

“Start embracing your call, wherever you are, whatever your platform.

People blame everyone but themselves for their mistakes. Nobody but you are responsible for your life.

You’re responsible for the energy you create for yourself and for others. Take responsibility for what you bring into your space.
For every action, there is an equal reaction. Careful, all the energy you us to limit someone will turn around and slap you in the face. Drop the veil on all pretenses. Little by little people started releasing the shame and talked of their fears on the show.
Addiction often due to a feeling of unworthiness.

We often block our gifts and blessings because we don’t feel good enough. Make worthiness your birthright.
People want validation. Every person wants to be heard. Validate people you love. Tell them, I hear you, I see you, I like you, I want you.

God talks to us. At first His voice is a whisper, if you don’t listen, it hit harder and harder until you hear it and act upon it.
“For 25 years, Oprah said, “we hooted and hollered together, shared the ugly and the beautiful, we cried and laughed. Twenty-five years have come and gone. It’s time to turn the page, and do something new.”
For many years, I visited my mother at her senior citizen apartment. At 4:00 pm sharp, Mom would say, “Put channel 4 on for Oprah.” Together, we watched and commented about Oprah’s clothes, jewelry, hairdo, shoes. We also discussed the show Oprah presented. Mom never failed to say, “You should send her your books. I’m sure she will love them.” Thanks Mom for your faith in me.

So on May 24, 2011, in memory of my Mom, who passed away a few months ago, I watched Oprah Winfrey deliver her last speech, an emotional goodbye.

I admired her pink dress and took note of her words.

“Start embracing your call, wherever you are, whatever your platform.

People blame everyone but themselves for their mistakes. Nobody but you are responsible for your life.

You’re responsible for the energy you create for yourself and for others. Take responsibility for what you bring into your space.

For every action, there is an equal reaction. Careful, all the energy you us to limit someone will turn around and slap you in the face. Drop the veil on all pretenses. Little by little people started releasing the shame and talked of their fears on the show.

Addiction often due to a feeling of unworthiness.

We often block our gifts and blessings because we don’t feel good enough. Make worthiness your birthright.

People want validation. Every person wants to be heard. Validate people you love.
Tell them, I hear you, I see you, I like you, I want you.

God talks to us. At first His voice is a whisper, if you don’t listen, it hit harder and harder until you hear it and act upon it.

“For 25 years, Oprah said, “we hooted and hollered together, shared the ugly and the beautiful, we cried and laughed. Twenty-five years have come and gone. It’s time to turn the page, and do something new.”

Did you watch Oprah's last show?
What are your feelings about retirement and new beginning?

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16 comments:

Beth Trissel said...

Wonderful and touching post, Mona. I watched that final show at the Outer Banks last week on our family vacation with my own mom. We loved it, but were sad that Oprah is moving on. My mom also wanted met to send her my books. I'll bet a lot of moms did.

Celia Yeary said...

Very good post. But I have never watched Oprah one time in all these years. For one thing, I don't watch any daytime TV. Also, I've never been a fan. I do admire her, and believe she has a good, generous heart, and is an honest person. I don't think she has a mean bone in her body.
About retirement--My daughter will be 50 this month, and she's thinking about retiring. I reminded her I retired at 50. But one must have new things to learn and do to be happy. Celia

Ava Bleu said...

Hi Mona,

I admit, I've missed a few episodes over the years but I've always come back and I always felt a sense of comfort knowing that no matter what else was on, I could count on 4:00. It was a safe spot for everyone.

I didn't think I would feel as emotional as I did when it was over, but for all those years we were right there with her, growing up and learning. That show was a comfort and it was groundbreaking for women and I got more than a little inspiration from it. I will truly miss it.

Ava
www.BooksbyAva.com
Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Love

Lynne Marshall said...

I know I would have cried if I watched Oprah's final show. She brought day time TV to a whole new level. I'm sure she has no plans to slow down.

There will be a big hole in TV and Ellen etc. won't be able to fill it.

Liz Flaherty said...

I retired in February and I'm loving all the new beginnings I've experienced since.

I'm sure no matter what path Oprah chooses, she'll make a resounding success of it. I'm glad for her, and grateful for what she's done for humanity the last 25 years.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Beth, I am so glad you watch it with your mom, and so glad you shared that with me.

Mona Risk said...

Celia-- I never watch any TV except for Grey's Anatomy, my all time favorite. Any wonder I write medical romances? But when I was visiting my Mom every day we always had the TV on to keep her alert. Oprah was her favorite. So I watched the last show in memory of Mom.

Mona Risk said...

Ava, I was emotional too, that's why I took a blocknote and tried to write everything she said. What an amazing woman. So active and so generous.

Mona Risk said...

lynne, I am going back to my writing cave. No more TV, except of course for Grey's Anatomy.

Mona Risk said...

Liz, I wish you a happy and productive retirement. Since I took my early retirement I worked twice as much as before. Can't retire from writing though. LOL

Mary Ricksen said...

This is my retirement and my new beginning. Some days it works better then others. But I am so grateful for the people I have met on my journey...

Mona Risk said...

Mary, that is so beautiful. I agree that's it's the best way of looking at retirement.

Mary Marvella said...

Mona, what a lovely post!
I didn't watch Oprah much but agree she does a lot of good.

I retired from teaching but now tutor. I love teaching one-on-one.

I'm also working on self-publishing and learning more new stuff!

Mona Risk said...

Hi mary, like everyone here, you left one job for another. I don't think anyone of us will ever retire.

Ilona Fridl said...

Hi, Mona,

That was a sad day when Oprah said goodbye. I remember watching it in the earily ninties when my granddaughter was little and she would imitate Oprah going around with a microphone. This year she graduates from high school. The years go by too fast!

Mona Risk said...

Hi Ilona, I admire the woman so much. She started from nothing and managed to achieve on all plans. If we need a motivational figure, she's the one.