After twenty-five years Oprah ended her talk show by delivering an hour-long “love letter”. I, with millions of others watched.
She impacted many people either directly or indirectly. I hate to admit it, no really. I really hate to confess that she had an impact on me in spite of my conscience efforts to the contrary. If Oprah endorsed it, I would immediately walk away from it. It was not personal to Oprah the person, I think she is a lovely lady, but it is more of a reaction to the industry that is Oprah.
I am a type of person that abhors trends, groupies, or fads. The whole “Oprah craze" was way too cultish for my liking. People were following her every word, liking her “favorite things” joining her book club, without a critical mind or second thought. My point, if Oprah endorsement it you bet that it would go to the top. This type of power given to one person goes against everything I believe. Admittedly, that is not Oprah's fault.
I think, there are two camps of people where Oprah is concerned, in one camp people Love her, and in the other people hate her. Personally, I think hate is too strong a word. Perhaps, they don’t hate her in as much as they don’t place her on a pedestal or think that her word is gospel. I belong to neither camp. I didn’t love her, nor did I hate her. I felt she was so far removed from my life that she held no relevance to me. That is, until the spring of 2008!
It began with a book gifted from hubby. Horror of horrors, he gave me a book recommended by Oprah. What was he thinking? It sat untouched for a few weeks, and then one day, I picked it up and started reading.
Intrigued, I decided to google the author and that led me to Oprah. Oprah was doing her first online web course with the author, Eckhart Tolle. I signed on for the full ten weeks. But that is not the most interesting part.
It was through the comments section that I met Carol who because we had so much in common became friends. The crazy thing is, we were more connected than we could have imagined.
Coincidently, she knew my niece who is living in Australia. Furthermore, she also knew an aboriginal elder I visited on a previous trip to Austraila. In fact, believe it or not, she lived right next door to him! Moreover, over two million people were on that message board and the messages where changing quickly. How we ever connected, being from different time zones, in different countries, is beyond chance and incredibly Oprah facilitated it. I had the good fortune to traveled to Australia that fall but my schedule was too hectic for me to meet Carol in person, it would have been heaven to have tea and cookies with her.
I blogged about it here but didn’t give Oprah credit for being the conduit to this amazing introduction.
Indeed, life is a mystery. Oprah, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Could we ever cross paths again and maybe this time in person? Who knows, life can be stranger than fiction.