Teacher Professor

May 25, 2011

Oprah Made Me Do It

Filed under: Uncategorized — Teacher Professor @ 4:43 pm

All right- I’ll admit it.  It’s all because of Oprah.

  • Live Your Best Life
  • My Favorite Things
  • My Greatest Lessons
  • What we dwell on is who we become
  • Aha moment
  • The bitter comes with the sweet
  • Dwell in possibility…

It’s been a rough few months- too much

  • Work
  • 4th grade
  • Tourette’s
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Failures

Not enough

  • Time
  • Money
  • Grants
  • Travel
  • Energy
  • Health
  • Wins

I’ve put my head down, made lists, went from moment to moment, and have not exercised enough.  I have not reached out.  I have not processed.  Depression?  Probably.  Stress?  Absolutely?  Existential crisis?  (That is another post altogether).  Oh yes.  Midlife crisis?  Maybe.

No “big deal”- just a lot of Pirahna Bites.  There have been better times in my life.  There have also been a lot of worse times.

But I had to watch the show today- as I folded laundry and as I graded yet another online assignment.  I saw the last M*A*S*H, the last Johnny Carson, the last Hannah Montana– and now, the last Oprah. The end of Oprah is a moment- I remember when she started.  I had to see her end.  I’ve been cheered up, rolled my eyes, and seen a cultural touchpoint.    It is because of Oprah that we can discuss so many things that were “shh” concepts- things that were hushed up in previous generations and are now brought out into the open. Trite?  Maybe.  Overdone at times?  Yes. But her infallible sensitivity in the face of so many issues broke so many boundaries.  I can probably say that it is because of Oprah that I can admit to my anxieties as a parent, as a wife, as a woman.

Live your Best Life.

My best life involves my reaching out to others, to translating, to processing- to thinking on a page.  My best life involves my Spirit, my Health, and my writing.  My best life involves me writing.  My best life involves me thinking.  My Best Life involves living it.

I was also just nominated as my College’s nominee for the State Excellence in Teaching Award- similar to winning Teacher of the Year for the College.  While that is seriously cool, I realized as I wrote up my teaching philosophy today that I needed to LIVE my philosophy more- better- truly.

And then there was Oprah.

And so I’m writing again.  I’m thinking again.  And I’m off to yoga now.

This is me setting out to live my best life- one blog post, one yoga session, one hug at a time.

Thanks, Oprah.


  1. Congratulations on the nomination, and so happy to see you back!

    Comment by autismmommytherapist — May 25, 2011 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  2. Good for you!

    “I’ve put my head down, made lists, went from moment to moment, and have not exercised enough. I have not reached out. I have not processed.” BTDT2

    A better response/comment is not in that picture. But I am taking some encouragement from commiserating with you!

    Comment by Barbara — May 25, 2011 @ 8:49 pm | Reply

    • Love the commisseration- but BTDT2? That’s a new one for me! 🙂

      Comment by profmother — May 25, 2011 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  3. Congratulations on the nomination. Glad to see you back – wishing you the best!

    Comment by mamafog — May 25, 2011 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  4. Not sure if you were asking for this, but = been there done that, too.

    Comment by Barbara — June 1, 2011 @ 6:51 pm | Reply

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