There is more than enough literature about Oprah & her life online. This post is not about all of that. Here I want to share with you a few unique discoveries, moments to remember and perspectives that “The Oprah Winfrey” gave me over the years.
“Never give up” spirit
In the face of an abusive childhood and a poor economic background, her rise to stardom is an example of a “rags to riches” story. Her continual trials with weight-loss and eating disorder have been the subject of multiple episodes. I have always admired her indomitable spirit: it is definitely one to emulate.
The Truly Amazing ‘freebies’
For the longest time, I dreamed of being in the audience of Oprah’s show, especially the episodes named “Oprah’s favorite things”. Why? That’s when she gave away lavish gifts & exquisite goodies to every audience member! Over the years, the giveaways have ranged from linens to iPods, from key lime pies to houses!
The best episode was the one in which they invited people who desperately needed and deserved a car to be on the show. One lucky person was supposed to win a car. The twist in the tale was each one of them did. It was a memorable show, with a lot of giving, hugs & tears(I was crying too, obviously!).
I discovered “A Hundred Years of Solitude” through her book club: a book which I couldn’t appreciate the first time I read it and loved the 2nd time around. Being a book lover, I diligently followed her book club episodes which were known to plummet completely unknown authors to fame.
Skills of hosting a talk show
“The speed of my thoughts is synced only to the speed of my writing”
I did not know I enjoyed writing until a few months ago. I always stuck to the reading. But speaking, especially in public is something I have never excelled at and has always been on my todo list of things to develop. So I have always been in awe of her hosting and interviewing skills and how she makes the entire show come alive with her presence.
He was my favorite guest on the show. He regularly gave advice and put people on the spot challenging them to show their true emotions.
If you aren’t yet married or even if you are, do take the time to go through these important but difficult questions with your “to-be”. It might help you have a happier and longer marriage. (Psst: though I knew about it, I was very busy falling in love and with wedding preparations to answer these questions. Like Dr.Phil questions: Have you planned a marriage or a wedding?)
Did you ever watch her show? Did you have any favorites?