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Oprah, The Dalai Lama and The Golden Rule

Updated on June 8, 2011

Why I love Oprah

I’m just gonna go ahead and say it. I love Oprah. From the minute I saw her first national show 25 years ago I was hooked. At the time, I had recently moved from NYC to a small rural town in Upstate NY and didn’t know a soul. I was pregnant and most of the time my husband worked out of the area. As pathetic as it now sounds, my television was my only company and I looked forward to watching the Oprah show. As I sat in my tiny bedroom with my growing belly I said to myself “this woman’s got something”. And, by now we all know how it turned out for her.

Everything Oprah touches turns to gold

In my opinion, Oprah is one of THE most influential people in the world. When Oprah featured a new book in her book club it became an instant best seller. Oprah brought Suze Orman, Dr. Phil, Nate Berkus, and Dr. Oz into our living rooms, furthering their careers and making them stars. She had Barack Obama on her show back when he was an Illinois senator. It seems whatever Oprah touches turns to gold. And I think I know her simple secret. She shared it on her final show. She lives her life according to the proverbial golden rule.

Oprah lives the Golden Rule

The golden rule, the ethic of reciprocity, however you phrase it, it all comes down to the same thing. The Dalai Lama said it best, “Every religion emphasizes human improvement, love, respect for others, sharing other people's suffering. On these lines every religion had more or less the same viewpoint and the same goal." Just about every religion known to humankind has this message among its scripture. And a very simple message it is. It’s about treating others the way you want to be treated. How much more simple can that be?

The power of positive energy

Oprah also talked about the power of energy and this is something else I’ve come to believe in wholeheartedly. There is no denying that energy exists all around us and it is indeed a very powerful thing. Some people believe there is no such thing as good or bad energy. But this is where I disagree. Every bit of energy put out in to the universe comes back. Wiccans call this the threefold law. It’s part of the Wiccan Rede. Another words, whatever energy you put out in to the universe comes back on you threefold. If you give off negativity, you’ll get negativity. If you send positive energy out into the world, that’s the benefit you will receive in kind. Oprah quoted Newton’s theory of relativity, To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction.

Oprah for president

I could tell from the faces of the audience members how badly Oprah would be missed. But it’s not like she’ll be out of the public eye. She has her OWN network, she’s talked about doing a play. Honestly I could see Oprah doing a play. A type of narrative like she did on her final show would be right up her alley. She could become an inspirational speaker. Who wouldn’t pay to be inspired by Oprah? I’ve often thought that Oprah could run for some sort of political office and win the election.

It's a good thing Oprah kept her name

Oprah has shared the story of when she first started in the news broadcasting business and worked at a Baltimore news station. The manager at the time wanted her to change her name to Suzie. “No one will ever remember Oprah”, he had said. How wrong he was. Oprah has become a household name. And no one will forget the poor little girl, who was born in 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, with the funny name, who grew up to be one of the most famously influential people of her time. Oprah Winfrey is proof that living life with a generous and giving heart will bless the giver with more than even their wildest dreams can imagine.


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    • lovesleftovers profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Texas

      Yes, GwennyOh, I agree with you. Oprah did seem to change over the years and became a little less humble than she seemed in her earlier years. But, as you say, she did help many people. Thanks so much for your comment!

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      5 years ago

      I enjoyed many an Oprah show too. But I must say in later years she had developed an air of 'holier than thou'. No one is perfect, many would become like that in her position.

      It didn't detract from how wonderful her show was, and how many people she helped.

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      she is my queen also!

    • lovesleftovers profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much for your kind, encouraging words Happyboomernurse! How true about Oprah. I often thought Oprah would make a great best friend :) Thanks for the warm welcome, it's much appreciated!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      7 years ago from South Carolina

      I love your writing style- felt as if we were chatting over a cup of tea or coffee, reminiscing about how much we'll miss the Oprah show, but also looking forward to seeing/hearing her in different venues.

      That Baltimore News Station manager's pressure to get her to change her name made me laugh out loud. She really showed him what she was made of: “No one will ever remember Oprah” should get written into a book of quotes about "Statements that will forever be remembered for how stunningly wrong they were."

      As a fellow Oprah fan, I really enjoyed this tribute hub. Thanks for sharing it.

      Welcome to Hub Pages. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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