Oprah recently had a breast cancer scare. The New York Times broke the story in a really inconspicious way, reporting yesterday that Oprah announced the news to her best friend, Gayle King, and an audience at a recent conference simultaneously. Thankfully, the scare was confirmed to be a false alarm ... What's unclear though is just how much stress might still be affecting her mentally and physically.
Ever since the Queen of All Media left her daily talk show and turned her focus to her network, OWN, and her magazine, O, it's almost as if she's got more going on than ever before, but at the same time, she's coping with more stress than ever before. She told the audience at the conference, "the press tried to cut me off at the knees” in its coverage of OWN and addressed questions about the challenges her magazine faces. But it sounds like O refuses to let that deter her from pressing forward -- even if it is taking a visible toll on her health.
Don't get me wrong -- I so completely admire Oprah for everything she stands for and does. She's an incredible role model and all-around genius businesswoman superwoman. But even superwomen need to take care of themselves and their minds, bodies, souls and everything that keeps all three in balance. She's gotta be aware of that, right?
At any rate, if there ever was some sort of silver lining to her cancer scare, it would be that it serves as a wake-up call to take more time for herself and her well-being -- even in the midst of all of these professional challenges she's facing. Because, yeah, okay, she's Oprah, but she's also still a HUMAN being!
And seeing what she's going through should serve as an eye-opener for us, too. If Oprah -- who appears to have her act completely together and has the world at her fingertips -- needs a kick in the pants to realize maybe she's pushing too hard, taking on too much and needs to slow it down a bit, it's clear we all need stop and breathe at some point. Because you don't have to be Oprah to take on too much, try to do it all, be a superwoman. We're all guilty of it at some time or another. And we could all stand to take a moment to tune into what our bodies are trying to tell us, which is all too often, "Chill out!"
Here's more from the Times about Oprah's empire ...
Do you feel like sometimes you could use a wake-up call to take better care of yourself?
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