Mighty Life List
May 25 2011

The Oprah Gratitude Project

I’m watching the finale as I type this. Thanks for playing, team. A few of my favorite lessons learned from the Oprah Winfrey Show in the last 25 years:

“Doubt means don’t.” -Sarah

“I learned, then re-learned, then learned again to believe that when people show you who they are, believe them.” -Michelle K.

“We teach others how we want to be treated.” -Roxanne

“You can be right or you can have peace.” -AEB

“Being a good mom means taking care of yourself too.” -Allie

“Never let them take you the second location.” -Megan

“Always sign your own checks.” -Sugarleg

“A person who does not accept your “no” is trying to control you.” -DEA

“As a parent to one child, it was easier. Whenever Peanut walked (or crawled or toddled) into the room, I stopped what I was doing and said, “Look who’s here!” or something equally as inviting.” -Woven Moments

“If you don’t listen to the whisper it will show up again as a scream.” -Allie

If you still want to play along, tell us what Oprah means to you:

– Post your photo to the Thanks, Oprah! Flickr Group.
– Tweet your photo with the hashtag #thanksoprah.
-Leave a something you learned from the Oprah Winfrey Show in comments.

20 Responses to “The Oprah Gratitude Project”

  • fudgeit Says:

    oh wow, the 9th one down, about forgiveness. gets me right _there_.

  • Tracey Says:

    I just wanted to drop a line to say how cool I think this project is. I’m loving them all!

  • Carrie Says:

    It’s so funny. When you started this project, I thought, I have only watched Oprah a few times and not in years. I like the project, but I don’t have anything to add. And then, right away, two things I learned from Oprah popped into my head:
    Never let them take you to the second location (as Megan stated above).
    and Buy new pillows every 3 years.
    Goes to show just how much influence Oprah has!

  • cmb Says:

    Hah, my mother has been telling me “When people show you who they are, believe them” for at least a decade now. I almost posted it here, and then saw it above. It’s probably the best advice I’ve ever been given.

  • Amy Says:

    “Hope is not a plan” and “When you know better, you do better.”

    Loving this project.

  • Lara K-W Says:

    “Be still and listen.”

  • sugarleg Says:

    and just like that, I am seen by another. <3 thank YOU Maggie. I am a walking smile today!

  • Janet Says:

    Loved this project. Thanks, Oprah! Thanks, Maggie!

  • Deepa Says:

    ‘The point is, I was a child. If I took off all my clothes and got into his bed, he would still be the one responsible.’
    Those words changed how I evaluated my experience, myself.

  • Allie Says:

    This looks so beautiful! Well done Mighty Girl! I believe you are using your passion and your light to shine on others, Oprah would be so proud!

  • JoAnna Says:

    I loved reading these ~ super inspiring!

  • PositivelyAnna Says:

    “You teach people how to treat you.” Looks like a lot of other people heard that message. And I think that is a wonderful thing. Thank you very very much Oprah!

  • BOSSY Says:

    LOVE, LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS. Sorry to have missed it.

  • Shana Says:

    Do I spy AB’s “Mad” there at the end?

  • Madeleine Says:

    why does my mom do this to me.

  • Alicey Says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen an episode of Oprah. I’m not sure it’s on TV in the UK, and I barely watch TV anyway so even if it is, I probably missed it. But she sounds great, and really inspiring. Thank you. I’ll go and google for a book.

  • Mai Says:

    Thanks for this Maggie. Reading these quotes from the flickr group and around the internet helped me deal with something difficult last week.

  • sarah b Says:

    “That which you don’t want to do, you must do.”

  • Lisa Says:

    I learned the term “vajayjay” and use it religiously. =)

  • Sarah Says:

    I second 10.Allie. What an incredibly thoughtful project! And might I add, “Replace your toothbrush every month.”