Speaking of Hope-Oprah's Great Speech
Posted by Joe Antle on January 13, 2018 9:45 AM EST
Oprah Winfrey's Golden Globe awards ceremony acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award....
...was moving, well, beyond words. Most people who saw it, have heard it, heard about it or read about what other people have said about it agree-it was a powerful message spoken at an important time by an amazingly credible, beloved and well-known speaker-Oprah.
And anyone who has heard Oprah speak before, has seen her show and/or has learned of her truly amazing success while building a multi-media business on the platform of helping others and telling the stories of achievement of other people would most likely agree that she is a living testament to the meaning of the meaningful award she received. A true pioneer and someone who like a Phoenix rose from the ashes to create amazing wealth, impact the lives of many other people and transform the role of media beyond entertainment and information sharing alone Oprah's credentials and credibility are beyond reproach.
Some people will say, and in fact have said, that her Golden Globes' speech's message seemed like a "cannon shot across the bow", and informal announcement to the political ecosystem that she may be heading their way. Lots of comments have swirled around this notion. And they may be right. I personally doubt that was the intent of her speech, however. But it very well could be an unintended consequence of it. And that could be a good thing too...only Oprah and her inner sanctum know at this point.
Taken literally, statement by statement, story line by story line and then stepping back and thinking hard about what she said, I conclude that the essence of her speech was the same as has been her purpose in life. And that is, was and has been, that "only HOPE can drive people, organizations and societies ahead in a meaningful and sustainable way". Freeing people from forced boundaries and barriers to success and prosperity, and getting rid of the evil influence of corruption and harrassment-especially racial stereotyping, sexual harrassment and other forms of enforcing restrictions on other people's progress are parts of her speech's rallyiung cry. And they have have been hallmarks of her life experience, her business success, the focus of her media empire and all the "buz" that has followed her moving Golden Globes ceremony acceptance speech.
In fact, given our collective focus in this blogspace on the impact of "acronyms" you could actually position her speech's topic of HOPE NOW as being an acronym for Harassing Other People-Ends NOW! By any measure, that is a message whose time has come-especially in light of the sexual harassment headlines of recent months and the emotional momentum those have created for driving profound change.
As incredibly important as that message is and as powerfully delivered as it was by Oprah, who almost more than anyone has personified the fight against false restraints throughout her whole life and career (think, "The Color Purple"), it stops short of the acronym lowly folks like me, Thomas and Chip promote and advocate. Once one has followed Oprah's advice and has actively and successfully battled to reduce restrictions against other people's progress by fighting to make sure that Harassing Other People Ends-NOW, then the next logical action is to work together to Help Other People Excel -NOW.
If HOPE does in fact spring eternal, then NOW is the time to help others succeed by doing more than simply avoiding holding them back! Hellping Other People Excel-NOW is the next speech we should all look forward to Oprah presenting. Or better yet, give that speech ourselves and promote it with actions which are in fact more powerful than words-or at the very least make words more powerful in promoting action.