Farewell Oprah

May 26, 2011 at 5:30 AM 3 comments

After my dad passed, I moved back to Chicago.  I found myself in an unknown city, with few close friends, no job and lots of alone time.  From the moment my husband left for school to the time he walked inside our door that evening, I parked myself in front of the television.  I spent hours upon hours without movement watching listless, pointless shows, numb to the world.  But, it was Oprah who would reach out to me, motivate me and help to lift me up.  As cheesy as it sounds, it is the honest truth.  Day after day she would say, “start embracing the life that is calling you and use that platform to serve the world” “you are worthy because you were born and because you are here” “you alone are enough”

I now have a personal policy to never turn on the TV during the day, even though I spend most my days alone (part of having a company of 1).  Daytime television brings back the haunting memory of deep, deep sadness.  But yesterday, I had a date.  A date with the woman who helped to get me off of that couch.  Who reached through the TV and might as well shook me, yelling – listen to your passion.  Create.  Live.  Love.  Unplug the television and plug back into life.

It was not her alone that got me from six hours of TV watching a day to a fulfilled life today.  And most thought it humorous I claimed she helped so much.  I had a lot of help from family and friends and I worked hard myself.  But she really struck a chord with me five days a week.  It was during those hours that I started to believe in myself.  I started to believe that life would come again.

So yes, I cried like a blubbering baby.  I let the ugly cry come out in all it’s beauty as she walked off that stage one last time at 5:00 yesterday.

How could she go?  What will I do with future crisis?

But as Oprah has expressed time and time again…I will find the strength from within.  And most importantly, I will let grace in.

Oprah, happy trails to you, until we meet again…

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. dmm  |  May 26, 2011 at 6:33 AM

    oh, kate, what a lovely tribute to oprah! she has been a friend and inspiration to a nation and sometimes even the world. . . it’s like when i read a great maureen dowd column in the nyt or see an episode of sarah richardson’s interior design or read (again) one of anna quidlen’s books; those connections are what lifts up up, away from whatever sadness we’re feeling and transports us to that ‘better place’ when we see new possibility. i get it, and so does oprah. and so do you. XXd

  • 2. Glynnis  |  May 26, 2011 at 10:33 AM


  • 3. Miles  |  May 26, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Kate, this was a brave post for you to put up and I’m glad you did.


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