Posts Tagged ‘Oprah’

Spirituality & Self-Improvement: Is This A Boomer Thing?

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

If it's so easy, why am I so overwhelmed?

Have you ever read the Oprah Magazine? I subscribed a few months ago, mostly because it was $5 a year from Amazon. When I finally got around to reading the May issue, I was struck by the number of columns that dealt with spirituality, and self improvement. It made me wonder why women seem to need to improve their inner beings every 5 minutes or every other page. The other thing I started to think about was where men go to get in touch with their inner selves. You sure wouldn’t find an issue of Sports Illustrated giving tips on improving anything but your luck in the fantasy leagues. Maybe Men’s Health, (no, that’s all about performance)?

  • So do men get in touch with their inner beings?
  • Where do they go for inspiration?
  • Do you think they get it from watching their favorite team get trounced by their rivals?
  • Do women give it to them by osmosis?
  • What if they’re on their own?
  • Why do women seem to need it so much more then men?

I posed the question to a few people, some men, some women. The most serene person I know reminded me that most of the top spiritual books are written by men (my theory: they know where the money is and that most self-help book are bought by women). She thinks that men read more of this than you might think, and most of the classes she’s been to have had just as many guys as women. Someone else told me that a lot of men aren’t spiritual until they go through a 12 step program. When I threw it up to my husband, he said that he always finds truth in music, and that he became self aware through therapy.

  • But how much self awareness is enough and when is it too much?
  • If you shirk from it does that make you less of a person?
  • What does it mean if you find it in every other page of a magazine?
  • If it’s so easy to put your life on the right track, why don’t we?

Just this week, through books and magazines, I’ve been invited to “wake up to reality” by asking four questions, to make my life a success by following The Success Principals, to reject self-loathing and treat myself with the “kindness and respect you would show your best friend”, to make the right thing the easy thing to do, etc. etc, and it’s only Monday! What do you think?

Don’t forget this week Blogging Boomers Carnival. There are some great posts, including donating your body to science.

Do You Text and Drive? Don’t! Oprah’s No Phone Zone.

Friday, April 30th, 2010

She’s at it again! Friday morning Oprah was on every talk show pushing her pledge to have everyone stop texting, or using their cell phones in the car. Since this blog was originally posted, I’ve noticed more and more people driving and texting. The scariest was coming back from LA where everyone is driving at 80 MPH on the freeway, and texting!

  • Sign the no phone zone agreement
  • Stop using your cell phone in the car
  • Use a hands-free device or better still,  pull over to have a conversation
  • Don’t check your e-mail or text when you’re stuck in traffic or stopped at a light

Weeks ago, I was listening to the Oprah show, when she started talking about making her car, and every car in America, a no phone zone. That means (depending on your level of participation), no texting, only hands-free use, or just plain not using your phone while driving. Then she had her hands free to autograph a Chrysler…

I’m certainly down with no texting, and hands free in a car, but there are definitely times when having a cell phone in the car could be important, as my parents recent adventure being stuck by the side of the Mass Pike for almost an hour in the winter, with no cell phone proved. But the texting and driving thing, I don’t understand at all! How can you possibly think you can type and drive a car? If you think you can, besides the fact that you’re wrong, and there are too many deadly accidents to prove it, what is SO urgent, that you would put so many lives in danger?  And if it is that urgent, should you even be behind the wheel of a car?

Years ago when I bought a sports-car (yes, middle aged women do it too), I took a two day driving course at Skip Barber, the scariest part of it wasn’t doing 360′s on the skid pad, but in the classroom when the instructor told us that people’s driving skills peak at 5000 miles, and go downhill from there. When did you hit 5000 miles?

And if you’d like to sign Oprah’s  no phone pledge, click here.

This week’s Blogging Boomers Carnival is being hosted by the Baby Boomer Entrepreneur. Andrea always has great tips!  Be sure to check it out.

Oprah pledges to make her car a no phone zone, will you?

Monday, February 15th, 2010

On Friday I was listening to the Oprah show, when she started talking about making her car, and every car in America, a no phone zone. That means (depending on your level of participation), no texting, only hands-free use, or just plain not using your phone while driving. Then she had her hands free to autograph a Chrysler…

My parents with their new car

My parents with their new car

I’m certainly down with no texting, and hands free in a car, but there are definitely times when having a cell phone in the car could be important, as my parents recent adventure will prove. But the texting and driving thing, I don’t understand at all! How can you possibly think you can type and drive a car? If you think you can, besides the fact that you’re wrong, and there are too many deadly accidents to prove it, what is SO urgent, that you would put so many lives in danger?  And if it is that urgent, should you even be behind the wheel of a car?

Years ago when I bought a sports-car (yes, middle aged women do it too), I took a two day driving course at Skip Barber, the scariest part of it wasn’t doing 360′s on the skid pad, but in the classroom when the instructor told us that people’s driving skills peak at 5000 miles, and go downhill from there. When did you hit 5000 miles?

But I’m digressing. This was originally going to be a blog about a problem my parents had with their car on their way to see us. It ended up with them waiting 45 minutes in the cold, by the side of the Massachusetts Turnpike for someone to help them. We’ve asked them for a long time to get a cellphone, in case of emergencies, and they resisted. Not sure if this is going to change their minds, but if it does, I’m happy to buy them a phone (hint, hint). If any of this sounds familiar, how did you handle it? Or did it take an emergency to force the issue? Why does it ALWAYS take an emergency to force an issue?

And if you’d like to sign Oprah’s  no phone pledge, click here.

This week’s Blogging Boomers Carnival is being hosted by Fabulous After 40. Be sure to check it out here.