Farewell to Oprah

It has been an emotional week for devoted fans of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” If you are feeling symptoms of sadness and loss after the series finale, you are not alone. ABC reports psychiatrists have actually dubbed this level of withdrawal EOS or “Empty Oprah Syndrome.”

I am not a loyal viewer so it is hard for me to understand that level of attachment to the show. In all honesty, I expected to come up with some snide comment when I read there has actually been a syndrome associated with Oprah’s departure. But…after tuning in for the finale, I found myself completely inspired in one short hour, so I will not judge. In watching the way Oprah connects so deeply with her audience, it is obvious why she has been successful for 25 years.

If you care to give Oprah a chance to motivate you, here are just a few thoughts from the finale:

“There’s a difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing that you are worthy of being happy. Your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough.”

“You also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world. You have the power to change somebody’s life.”

“Nobody but you is responsible for your life. You are responsible for your life. What is your life? What is all life? What is every flower, every rock, every tree? Energy. And you’re responsible for the energy you create for yourself, and you’re responsible for the energy that you bring to others.”

After Oprah’s modest exit and sincere thanks to the audience, she left her followers by saying, “I won’t say goodbye. I’ll just say, until we meet again.” So, on to the next journey as she heads to the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) hoping to give the network a boost from its rocky start earlier this year.

Devoted viewers aren’t the only ones feeling separation anxiety after the last airing of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” According to Media Life, analysts anticipate local newscasts will also feel the effects by seeing ratings decline due to “Oprah” reruns over the summer. In many markets, TV stations previously benefiting from the “Oprah” news lead-in for so many years will probably feel symptoms similar to EOS as they will have to grieve the loss of a show that has been consistent and reliable for so many years.

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