I cannot get Oprah’s voice out of my head, yelling the above title, over and over again.
My last “big” assignment for my Ed. Leadership program is writing a Leadership Biography. My group was given a list of possible leaders, however, we thought outside the box and decided Oprah Winfrey was our girl! To be honest, I loved watching Oprah. She was always on when I got home from school and watching people talk to people about every day life would be a great way to unwind and transition from the day to night. I remember the classic moments, (seen in pictures below), as well as individual stories. Stories of tragedy and loss, stories of love and hope, but mostly, stories about the human experience. I’ve always been a sucker for narratives, and specifically the narrator’s point of view. My favorite TV shows and movies all have this in common. The Wonder Years, Sex and the City, How I Met Your Mother, You’ve Got Mail, and Almost Famous (not exactly a narrator, but since it’s based off Cameron Crowe’s real life experiences, it still works)… all have that one guiding voice that just gets me hook, line, and sinker.
Back to Oprah (and listing, because I suppose this is some kind of pre-writing activity now?)
Things I’ve learned:
- She always wanted to be a teacher
- At the age of 8 she memorized this poem and recites it often to feel grounded and appreciate life
Out of the night that covers me,Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may beFor my unconquerable soul.In the fell clutch of circumstanceI have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chanceMy head is bloody, but unbowed.Beyond this place of wrath and tearsLooms but the Horror of the shade,And yet the menace of the yearsFinds and shall find me unafraid.It matters not how strait the gate,How charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate,I am the captain of my soul.
- Her brand name and “The Oprah Effect” are still impacting people around the world to this day
- She not only opened schools in Africa, she has also opened 6 in the USA in areas where quality education seemed impossible, giving kids a real shot at reaching their potential
- I knew she was a wonderful speaker, however, I did not know she’s an excellent writer. In my research and fact checking, I may have bought a book or two on my Kindle App.
- She’s driven by the following 5 statements. They’re very similar to where my heart and brain have been:
“1. “You are the master of your fate and captain of your soul.”
2. You become what you believe, not what you wish for, and every choice makes it so.
3. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. Character or lack thereof always shows itself early.
4. My creed based on the third law of motion in physics: What you put out comes back always, in all ways.
5. Trust your gut. It’s your spiritual GPS.”
What to take from all this? Well, dear reader, first off I thank you for reading this much about Oprah. She may have a big personality and can be a tough person for some to like due to her celebrity and sheer vocal volume, however, she has done a lot of good for countless people in over the past 30 years. I am glad that I have stumbled upon a great writing itch. Really, this paper will be done by 3:30 PM today. Also, be happy with me in knowing this is my last “big” assignment! This two year program has both flown by and dragged, an anomaly in time that science will never be able to explain. I’ll also have Thursday nights free soon! Haven’t really had that since August 2013.
Time to start! New Google Doc opened, Kindle App opened by my side, Pandora streaming on the TV (Rilo Kiley Station has been cranked all day), and no eye strain yet.