I saw you on The Talk the other day. You, once again, moved me. You talked about leaving a legacy, and how Maya taught you that you never know what that legacy is going to be.
Let me back up. You would have loved the Picture Day at my school, back in the 80’s, when I stepped up to have my photo snapped. As I posed, one of my first grade boys called out, “Mrs. Horton, you look just like Oprah!” I can’t tell you how I loved that spontaneous remark. I’ve held you in my heart as a Sister ever since.
My connection with you became stronger, and much more spiritual later, when I heard you tell on your show, about how much you wanted a role in The Color Purple. You told about how you just finally surrendered to God, that if it be His will, you would get the role. By the way, you mentioned on The Talk the other day, how badly you wanted that role. God meant for me to hear of your surrender, because not too many years later, I told God, “I’m out of ideas. God, I’m giving his to You,” and He put into process the events which changed my life, and led me to His door, literally.
For years, I have tucked into my journal, a page called “Ten Things I Know For Sure.” You know it. You composed it. I have read it over so many times, I have it memorized. One of them is about gratitude. I am practicing it everyday.
Here are some other connections: I live in Winston-Salem, NC. You know that’s Maya’s town. I subscribed to your magazine. Okay…those are stretches, but, “Hey!” I love road trips. I think Gayle is great, too. Still stretching.
So, let’s get back to the legacy…Oprah, I am so happy you impressed the women of The Talk that they have a responsibility. We all have a responsibility. We all say things. I can only pray that the Holy Spirit guides me, and has guided me to say something helpful, and not hurtful. I just pray my legacy has empowered others in a small way, the way you have empowered me.
And we will never really know, will we?