My “Oprah” experience can be summed up in one word – Unbelievable!
I could have dreamed of a million different scenarios for me getting a chance to sit on Oprah Winfrey’s couch. Perhaps, I created a product that she found to be amazing, or that my new book was so relevant and truthful, or maybe my company was helping sick children around the world.
Everyone dreams of being on Oprah, because if you’re on Oprah than you are doing something positive, something worthwhile and you are making a difference. So was I worthy?
I was not on Oprah to highlight anything that I was doing or that I have done, I was simply a part of this show to help tell Stephanie Nielson’s story, a story of strength, love and survival. I believe I was picked to meet Stephanie because I needed to see motherhood through a different lens, one that I had never seen before. I think I was losing focus on what was really important in my life. Often times I am so focused on what will happen NEXT in life, that I am missing significant parts of the life I have NOW.
Before I met Stephanie I put little or no value on being home with my children and quite frankly disrespected the job. After spending a day with Stephanie she made me realize that each day counts and every little moment matters. Being a mother may not always be easy but it is priceless in value.
I didn’t think I could feel successful just staying home, but after seeing how much Stephanie finds value in everything she does for her children, I know I can too. Because what better to be successful at then raising smart, responsible, well rounded children.
Another part of Stephanie’s story that really stuck with me is that she had to say good bye to herself. I just didn’t understand this. I think I’ve considered this every day since meeting her. I found this to be so powerful. If Stephanie was able to say good bye to herself, then what can the rest of us say good bye to? So many of us hold onto things from our past, our relationships, or past situations and life’s struggles. If we could all learn to let go and say good bye to something in our life, how powerful would that be.
When looking at the family picture before the accident Stephanie said “That was my life then and it was beautiful, but this is my life now and it’s still beautiful.” Amazing! If we could all just have her courage and strength.
Stephanie does not know this but I have taken that picture with me, it is so vivid in my mind, and that’s where it will stay. Because when I get to that place where things get tough, or whenever I get caught up in the craziness of life and if I find myself not appreciating all that I have, I’ll close my eyes and remember that picture.
To the Nielson’s and The Oprah Winfrey Show, Thank you for this Gift.
Please visit Stephanie Nielson’s Blog http://nieniedialogues.blogspot.com/ She has that something we all need!
And here’s a couple related links on Oprah.com:
- Stephanie’s Story, “Mommy Blogger Turned Warrior”:
- Watch Stephanie Discuss Her Daily Struggles With Me:
- My Thoughts & Feelings Posted on “Oprah” Producer Leslie’s Blog:
Be sure to check back, my next post will be the Fun and Sassy side of the story!
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