Sometimes as people, we tend to think our problems are literally like the end of the world… But, compared to others it’s not… Take Oprah, she likes to read historical slave documents when she feels that she’s having a bad day, to remind her of how far she’s come… And after reading the names of people who suffered, she realizes that her problems are trivial compared to them.
Just goes to show you that even billionaires have bad days too…
In a recent interview with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Winfrey revealed that she reads historical documents from slave plantations when she is in crisis and needs to be reminded that those who came before experienced far worse.
“I will speak their names out loud,” Oprah explained to Paltrow on the latest episode of Goop’s podcast. “I will speak their names out loud — Douglas, and Jenna, and Carrie, and Sarah and Anna — and their ages, and their prices, and remind myself of how far I have come. And no crisis seems that much of a crisis after you look at the names, the ages, the prices of people who were before you — who made this way possible.”
Not only does she reread the documents, but she looks at the Harry Herman Roseland’s 1906 painting “To the Highest Bidder” that she purchased in 1988 to find comfort. The painting depicts an enslaved woman named Anna holding her child, Sarah, as she is waiting to be sold off.
Oprah acknowledges that the ancestors can lead us even in the darkest times.
“The most important, though not most expensive [piece of art], in my home is a picture of a slave woman on the auction block with her daughter,” Oprah explained. “When you come in my house, that’s the first thing you see and that is the grounding painting for me.”
For Oprah, I think it’s necessary to look to slavery. She is one the richest self-made black women in the whole world. That wasn’t possible for a black woman for a long time. I think for her to humble herself she has to do a lot more than the average person because she’d did more than the average person.