Oprah is my pretend best friend. I am her pretend Gail and she and I hang out all of the time. I speak of her often and instead of having aha moments, I have 'Oprah aha moments.' There are times when I am listening to one of her programs where I have to write down my moment right away in my Oprah Life class journal that my pretend best friend Oprah sent me; along with another million other devotees. I was one of the several million that watched her live on line some months ago and was glued to the television. The many Oprah aha moments that so many women on the verge of doing fabulous things learned together were amazing. What you believe you become, surround yourself with positive people and remove yourself from energy drainers, believe that you can do whatever you want to do, appreciate solitude and discovering your passion will push you into your purpose. She is now of course operating her own network applicably named OWN.
I hear that the network is struggling, perhaps and yet I really don't care. I think the gazillion other women that watch her don't care. Since the death of Whitney Houston and finding out how many of the stories that we thought were true were not, I am so circumspect about anything that comes out of the news media. One of the things about Oprah that no one can touch is that she is in fact her own brand. What she talks about she walks. When she interviews people they always say that they trust her with their story, they won't talk to anyone after her - she puts them at ease. She can be a little preachy but so can I. She believes that when she learns something about herself or anyone she is so excited that the words and feelings come tumbling out and she wants to talk about it over and over again. I do too.
The friendship that she has with Gail is like my friendship with my divasisters. It is true, it is honest, it is pure, it is fun, it is giggly, it is transparent, it is the place to rest when you are happy and the place to rest when you are sad - it is comfortable and even when irritation happens; the love. the bond is secure. What could be better. Being a woman is complicated, being a woman with as much inner strength that she has is intimidating to those who lack it. She serves as an example of what you believe you really can achieve and the generosity with which she gives money to causes and to people sears into my mind that she is deserving of my pretend best friend status.
Retiring at 55 with my divasisters and my pretend best friends Oprah and Gail - what could be better!