How Oprah Winfrey Spent Her First Day Off
The daytime talk show host took to Twitter and Facebook after ending her long-running "Oprah Winfrey Show."
Oprah Winfrey’s talk show ended its 25-season run on Wednesday, so how did the daytime host spend her first days off?
Right after The Oprah Winfrey Show aired its series finale, Winfrey wrote on Twitter: “Thanks tweeps. WE DID IT!”
The final episode didn’t feature any interviewees or celebrity guests. Instead, Winfrey shared with the studio audience and viewers at home the best pieces of advice only she could give. And, she gave out her email address — firstname.lastname@example.org — asking for feedback.
When Thursday rolled around, Winfrey’s first day off after doing her talk show, she wrote: “Staying in pj’s all day. Getting hair braided for summer vaca. Reading all ur emails. Watched Gayle K. Show with Stedman. On at 4-6 on OWN.”
Later, Winfrey directed her Twitter followers to a personal message that she posted on her Facebook page.
In the letter, Winfrey expressed how “moved” she was reading viewers’ emails, but not before listing a spiritual book that she read “every morning as a part of my daily spiritual practice”: Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo.
“The idea here is not to divert the sadness, but to give it a context from life other than what is making you said,” Winfrey wrote. “Just as a ginger can lose its bitterness when based in bread, sadness can be leavened by other life.”
She continued: “When feeling the sharpness of being sad or hurt, it helps to take new things in. This pours the water of life on the fire of the heart. So when exhausted from expressing all the hurt, listen to music you’ve never heard of, or ask someone to tell you an old story from before your birth, or take a drive down a road near a ridge you’ve always meant to look out from. Look with your sad eyes on things new to you that will give you something to do with your sadness.”