My mom used to watch Oprah sometimes when I was growing up, so I know most of the theme songs that Oprah has used over the years. In high school and university I watched the occasional episode but when she went all “spiritual” (as distinct from “godly”), I wasn’t interested in her at all. Because of my work schedule I was never home when her show was on. I heard of the introduction of the book club and the Angel Network, and in more recent times I hear of her amazing giveaways of her favourite things, but I wasn’t a devout watcher of her show during those times.
When I heard her show was ending earlier this year, and that there would be opportunities for anyone to be on her show, my colleague and I tried hard to get on the show but we weren’t successful. I watched an interview of her by Barbara Walters and I was really touched by a lot of what she said. The best part for me was that after “going all spiritual” for so many years and not mentioning God, she talked about God specifically by that name at the end.
That being said, I don’t know exactly what Oprah’s beliefs are, and while I’m not a very good example of a Christian, I am striving for a God-centred life so that will always be my main belief system. The last time I wrote about Oprah someone left a comment asking how I could like her in light of what she said about Nigerians. From googling I learned that quite a few Nigerian forums quoted her saying that all Nigerians are corrupt, which is clearly a misguided statement. I wish I could find an article or something that would give some context but I haven’t been successful. I’ve decided not to hold that against her, seeing as I am not perfect either and have made generalizations about various groups of people.
Enough preamble! All I want to say is that I am loving Oprah’s Lifeclass! When Oprah went off the air I thought she was gone for good but for her to come back with a show that shares the lessons she’s learned over the years in a way that rings so true within you and sticks with you is fantastic. This is the third week of her Lifeclass. I’ve watched six episodes and enjoyed these four in particular:
- Lesson 3: You become what you believe
- Lesson 6: Who you were meant to be – everyone has a calling
- Lesson 9: You’re responsible for your life
- Lesson 11: Your life speaks to you in a whisper
I like how she uses clips from her 25 years of talk show footage to support these various lessons, in addition to including updates on some of the past stories as well as fresh perspectives. My life goal is to figure out my purpose and with God and resources like this show I think I’ll reach that goal. Even if you’ve heard these lessons before, I know you’ll benefit from hearing them again. In fact if I wasn’t such a cheap girl I would say that I can’t wait to buy the dvd collection of life lessons when it comes out.
If you have access to OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) I encourage you to tune in at 8:00pm EST one weeknight and see if the show brings something good to your life. The next episode this coming Monday is about following your gut.