Oprah’s last show

“You are worthy because you’re here.”

Warning: What I’m about to say may be unpopular.

After falling away from the Oprah show years ago, I fell for the hype and found myself watching the finale. I didn’t like it. It all felt a little too self indulgent to me.


One last Aha Moment photo credit: Mars Hill Church Seattle

I know, I know, she’s done so much and has helped so many but a full hour monologue? No disrespect intended but it was too much for me. I felt like she was taking the moment a little too seriously and it made me uncomfortable.


There was something in there. One thing. It resonated and it was this:


“You are worthy because you’re here.”
As we prepare for what is bound to be a trip of a lifetime people have kindly wished us well but many also mention their own dream to do something similar with their family, to travel on their own or to do something that seems just as big and unreachable.
When I respond to them, I’ve tried to find the words to convey  how important it is to me that this trip be about more than my family.

Sure, we are the ones getting on the plane on June 30, but I’m hoping that – through our stories and pictures and videos – others will be inspired to do the things they’ve been putting off too.

I’ve also been trying to find companies big and small who support the idea that the planet is a better place when we get to know the people on all sides of it. I’ve found a few and look forward to sharing some of the ways we’ll be working together in the days and weeks ahead.

It’s so important to me that the kids who aren’t mine and aren’t traveling around the world for a year, learn something from our trip and  see themselves and the possibilities of dreaming big through the experiences of my children.

I want the same for adults. I hope you’ll  see us living our dreams and remember your own.
It’s so easy when the laundry is piling up and the kids are fighting and there are lunches to be made and bills to pay… to lose sight of the things that you have always dreamed of. If I may be so bold, I’d like to suggest that it’s time to find it again.
“You are worthy because you’re here.”
It reminded me a lot of the excerpt from Mandela’s speech that I keep in my office and of the truths that I believe.
Follow your dreams. Live your life to the fullest. Be good to others.

Why not dust off your biggest, wildest dreams and go for it?

You are worthy because you’re here.

Thanks Oprah.

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{ 12 comments… add one }

Jen Maier May 25, 2011, 10:08 PM

LOVE IT! You are so inspiring. My own personal Oprah ;)


Heather May 25, 2011, 6:15 PM

ha! not quite! Just believe so strongly that life is too short to wait for regrets, you know?


Jennifer Gilbert May 25, 2011, 10:51 PM

I felt the same way about the Oprah episode.

Heather, you’re going to have a fabulous experience with your family and I cannot wait to read about your travels!


Heather May 25, 2011, 8:19 PM

Thanks Jennifer! Glad you’re joining us for the adventure. :)


CocktailDeeva May 26, 2011, 2:00 PM

So Agree…it was way to Speechy and Preachy for me…I would of rather seen her give Charlie Sheen a makeover..;) Great post! Cheers


Heather Greenwood Davis May 26, 2011, 2:45 PM



Anonymous May 26, 2011, 6:04 PM

I agree it was very self-indulgent, but I liked it because Oprah is one of the last few remaining real celebrities out there – and if anyone can pull off an hour long homage to herself, it’s Oprah!  And I love what you got out of it.  The thing  that resonated most with me was when she said that far too many people confuse service with fame.  Truer words have never been spoken:)

I can’t wait to follow you and your family as you set sail across the world Heather, you are an inspiration to follow our dreams.


Heather Greenwood Davis May 26, 2011, 8:35 PM

Thanks Kelli.
I just saw your post and it reminded me of a few other points she made during that speech that were poignant. I think people probably took from it what meant the most to them. I almost turned it off many times but that one line kept me there longer than I’d planned.
I have nothing but respect for her and all she’s accomplished. I just didn’t like the final show format choice and tone.


Lula Lola May 31, 2011, 1:09 PM

I’m nervous, but about to embark on something really different for my family next year too.  I’ve enrolled my three boys in online school next year and we’re taking to the road.  I’m researching and trying to work out the details now.
I’m nervous and excited.  But, want them to know that it’s okay to do something scary and that there are options.  Always options.
I can’t wait to follow your adventures! I’m already inspired!


Heather Greenwood Davis May 31, 2011, 7:53 PM

You’re inspiring me too! I think nervous and excited are good cues that we’re doing something worthwhile…at least that’s what I’m hoping! Good luck. Let’s stay in touch!


Colleen Friesen June 5, 2011, 12:52 AM

Hey Heather, I didn’t watch the Oprah finale but I love that I got that great one line from you :)
It really is our job to live the largest life we can possibly envision for ourselves. Good for you guys to lead the way.
And thank you for the Dove products! I was expecting a shampoo and conditioner, not a year’s supply. Too funny. 


Heather Greenwood Davis June 5, 2011, 1:33 AM

So glad you got them!
I think you were living this lesson long before Oprah mentioned it or I repeated it! I’m in awe of you.


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