Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Oprah A-Ha Moment Volume 2
If there was going to be a "Volume 1," I guess it stands to reason that there would be a "Volume 2." My second Oprah A-Ha moment came just yesterday. In her final season, it was inevitable that there would be a whole slew of lasts. Yesterday was the last weight loss show. I tuned in because I know someone that knows someone that was featured (the guy who lost weight to get a bigger you-know-what--per Dr. Oz you get an extra inch for every 35 extra pounds you lose...who knew?).
I digress. I had the TV on in the background while I was folding some laundry & I was actually feeling a little annoyed. The people featured had all lost 100+ pounds...wait, I've lost 100+ pounds. The people featured had all worked really hard...wait, I've worked really hard. The people featured were all sitting on the Oprah stage flaunting beautiful hair & make-up straight from Michigan Ave...wait, I was sitting in sweats & a cami folding the aforementioned laundry. WTF?!?!?
Then I started listening to the stories. Each of the three women featured as individuals (one with her pre-teen daughter who has also overcome obesity) had one horrid thing in common. Their journeys were born in death; mine was born in birth. The overwhelming sense of blessing was a humbling experience. Who needs new shoes & hair extensions? No one had to die for me to turn my path around. I don't have to live with the regret that comes with feeling like the new me came at the cost of someone else's life.
Death & its reminder of mortality can be a powerful motivator & on some levels it's a beautiful tribute to a loved one to use their passing as the fuel to your fire, however I am thankful that I didn't have to experience such motivation. How blessed am I to have opened my eyes through the birth of my daughter? How thankful am I that she will be able to grow up to see the living tribute that I make to her & the rest of my family everyday, with every choice. I can't imagine anything better--even those beautiful Louboutins that Oprah's always flashing.