Lessons I Heard in the Last Oprah Show

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Did you watch the last Oprah show?  It’s late on Wednesday evening and I’m just watching my dvr’d show.  I’m a huge Oprah fan – I’ve been lucky enough to be in the studio audience twice.  It is one of my all-time top favorite shows.  One of the shows that pulls me in and makes me forget where I am, what I’m doing, what time it is…. just pulls me in and makes me think.

Here’s what I took away from the last show, and years of watching Oprah:


The concept of  “worthy” has been the theme of several speeches I’ve heard recently.  We human beings have difficulty accepting that we are worthy of happiness.  That we are worthy of being loved.  That we are worthy of success.  There is an inherent tendency to fear that we are not, that others do not perceive us as being worthy.  Oprah talked about “a common thread that runs through all of our pain and all of our suffering and that is unworthiness…  there is a difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing that you are worthy of happiness.”  Iyanla, a recent guest, said, “I couldn’t receive it, I couldn’t recognize it…”  When we think we are unworthy, it doesn’t matter what someone else says or does – because we can’t receive it, unless we ourselves know that we are worthy.

Of the nearly 30,000 people that Oprah has talked to on her show, she says they all have one thing in common – they share a common desire for validation.  They want to know, “Do you see me?” One of the times I was lucky enough to be in the audience was James Cameron’s interview after the opening of Avatar. I remember Oprah telling him how much she loved the character asking, “Do you see me?”  I need to watch that movie again!


There is great power in humor.  It unites us, it creates a bond when we laugh together.  It creates humanity, when we laugh at ourselves.  One of my all-time favorite Oprah series was the “road trip” she took with Gayle.  I laughed so long and so much.  Oprah has brought us joy.  And she knows how to laugh at herself.  She showed us video of her first days on the air – with her jheri curl and a bad fur coat.  


Find your passion – know that you are where you are supposed to be, doing what  you are supposed to do.  “Live from the heart of yourself…  It lights you up…  You have to know what sparks the light in you, so you in your own way can illuminate the world.”


The opening of this final show, Oprah’s first words were, “25 years and I’m still saying, Thank you America, thank you so much.”  Later in the show, she thanks her team – her staff at Harpo Productions.  Then she thanks the ultimate giver – God.  “Gratitude is the single greatest treasure I will take with me from this experience.”

Break the Cycle

Just because…

…it’s always been that way…

…my parents did this or that…

…my childhood was like this or that…

…you were lonely and poor in Mississippi…

…IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY NOW.  “It doesn’t matter what your mama did, doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do.  You are responsible for your life.”

Final Words

“I won’t say goodbye, I’ll just say until we meet again.  To God be the glory.”

The first time I was in an Oprah audience was just after September 11th.  It’s fitting that much of the show, Oprah talked about breaking free of the day-to-day obligations and doing what you want to do.  Not what you think you should do, or what other people want you to do.

Congratulations, Oprah, it is not the end, it is the beginning.

Enjoy doing what YOU want to do.

A bit of trivia, do you know what the music was on the final show?  Here’s the answer.


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    OK, thank goodness I will not be the first to bring God into the picture. There is no doubt how worthy one is if one has a strong connection to God. Once I came to realize how he deeply loves me, and chose me (despite knowing everything about me!), plus all the things he does; I have no doubt how worthy I am. Passion and gratitude are also very closely tied to having Gog in my heart.
    Judy B. recently posted..Wednesdays Worship- Casting Crowns

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    This was such a touching episode and she ended it perfectly. I was taking notes the whole time I was watching and happy that I did. I will miss her / the show terribly.
    Joy Page Manuel recently posted..Thursday Threading Blog Hop- Week 5

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