Warning: We woke up early to watch the first airing of Oprah’s once-and-for-all, no-takebacks final show. So, spoilers lurk below — if you consider life lessons spoilers.
Oprah Winfrey spent her final hour transitioning into what could possibly be her post-talk show career: preaching. Sure, we’re used to Oprah’s never-ending (and mostly sound) advice, but usually those lessons are tempered with a few celebs and some free stuff to lighten the mood.
On Wednesday (May 25), the longtime talk show host preached the gospel of Oprah directly to “her people.” And, if you ask her, Oprah’s people are not only in the studio audience, but behind TVs across the country and in 150 others around the world.
And so it was that the hour came off as a little bit overwrought, a little bit self-important and downright over-induldgent. Not that Oprah didn’t deserve to overdo it a little bit after 25 years on the air. But one look at the audience was enough to see eyes glazing over. Or, to give O the benefit of the doubt, maybe her people were just getting misty?
In a trim pink cocktail length dress, a radiant Oprah started off the show by running this quote from her first episode:
“One thread running through each show it is the message that you are not alone.”
Then, looking directly into the camera, present day Oprah said, “I want to leave you with the lessons that have been the anchor of my life.” And she did.
Consider the “you are not alone bit” above lesson no. 1. The other nine are condensed in handy printable form below:
2. “Wherever you are that is your talk show and that is where your power lies.”
3. “[A calling] lights you up and lets you know you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. Live from the heart of yourself. You have to know what sparks the light in you so you in your own way can illuminate the world.”
4. “Nobody but you is responsible for your life. And what is your life? What is all life? Every flower, rock, tree? Energy. And you’re responsible for the energy that you create for yourself and that you bring to others.”
5. “All the energy you spend trying to hurt someone else will turn around and slap you in the face.”
6. “There is a difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing you are worthy of happiness. We often block our own blessings because we don’t feel smart or pretty or worthy enough. The show’s taught me you’re worthy because you’re born and you’re here. You alone are enough.”
7. “[People] want to know ‘Do you see me, do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything to you?’ Try it with your children, your husband, your boss — validate them. ‘I see you. I hear you. And what you say matters to me.'”
8. “I know that presence [God], that flow — some call it grace — is working in my life at every single turn. It’s closer than your breath and it’s yours for the asking … You can acknowledge it or not. You can ignore it. Or you can know it… God is love and god is life and your life is always speaking to you.
9. “My hope is you will be a safe harbor for somebody else. Connect, embrace, liberate, love just one person. Then spread that to two and see what a difference that makes.”
10. “There are no coincidences. Only divine order here.”
This has been a reading from the (inevitable) book of Oprah.