Thank You, Oprah!
March 3, 2007 10:43pm CST
I'm watching the special on Oprah Winfrey's girl's academy in South Africa. I am so impressed by what she's doing. Not just because she's building a school but because she's giving these girls a chance to do what they might never be able to do without this. But even more, I'm impressed by the fact that she's not allowing herself to simply be persuaded by the children's sad stories. She is giving them a chance but they have to be tested and earn it. And, none of these children pity themselves even though they live in circumstances that we can't even imagine living in. One of the things I've always admired about Oprah is that she doesn't make excuses for things based on her race or her childhood. She tells her story but she is an overcomer. That's how I've always tried to be. I've been through a lot in my life but I've never wanted to feel sorry for myself but to overcome. Anyone can feel sorry for themselves. It takes strength not to give in to the pain and overcome the obstacles. The little girls on this program have every reason to feel sorry for themselves but they don't. Two of them are sisters who watched their father shoot their mother and then himself when they were 5 and 6 years old. Many of them live in places without electricity or running water. I'm so impressed by them and their strength and their willingness to work hard to go to school. I just know that we will hear about these girls again. I can see them becoming so much and the seed that Oprah is sowing right now is going to benefit the whole world. Thank you, Oprah, for sowing into the world's future.