Oprah Winfrey has a message for everyone living in the shadow of the Columbine massacre: “The most important thing I’ve ever had is to see your faces.”
As the former “Oprah” star and reality TV host is wrapping up her second season of “Opie & Mags,” she’s sharing the advice she gives to others when they’re in the same situation.
While she did not address her own family, Winfrey’s words speak volumes about what the tragedy in Colorado can teach us about how we can deal with tragedies in our own lives.
Here are some key excerpts: “You’re not the only one.
The world is watching.
And it’s watching you.
You are the world’s greatest storyteller.”
If you’re like me, you’re just trying to stay focused.
Don’t get caught up in the moment.
You don’t have to talk about the tragedy.
You just have to look at the people around you, listen to what they say, and think about what they’re feeling and what they need.
You need to just stay calm, stay focused, and be able to do your job.
“Be a good listener.
Listen to your own heart.
That’s what people said when they were trying to deal with the tragedy and the aftermath.
And if you do, you will learn how to manage your own emotions and take control of your own life.
If you can, listen with an open mind, to what the people are saying and to your feelings.
It’s okay to let your emotions run the show.
That means you need to let go of the need to talk and to talk over what’s going on.
It also means you should try to be aware of what’s happening around you.
You’re a better person because you’re not trying to do the right thing.
You’re not making a statement.
You didn’t do the thing that was wrong, but you tried to do it the best you could.
You weren’t trying to hurt anyone, but maybe you were.
It didn’t matter what it was about because it was a tragedy and it was happening in the middle of the night.
You know what?
I’ll do what I have to do to keep this thing going.
And I’m a better human being because I don’t think I can do anything to stop it.
I can’t stop it because I have a job.
And you know what, I’m trying to help you.
Don.t try to stop me.
I’ll be there, and I’ll stay there.
I don.t care what you think about it.
You’ll know that I love you for what you are.
But I can tell you right now, I will not be a part of your tragedy.
And that is not who I am.
It will never be who I was.
You will have to go to the people who are.
And they are the most powerful people in the world.
So you’ll see.