Oprah Winfrey may not be campaigning for president, but she sure could have fooled us.
The media mogul has been vocal in recent weeks regarding a variety of topics including the Las Vegas massacre, how to live stress free and now, world peace. Because, why not?
This week, Winfrey sat down with “ET” at her Montecito, California, estate for her “SuperSoul Sunday” series, where she celebrated her new book, The Wisdom of Sundays. In true Winfrey fashion, the 63-year-old dropped a few gems as well.
“I am always trying to offer whatever I find fantastic … these are gems for the world to live by,” said Winfrey of her book comprised of personal essays.
Of course, as fans may already know, the OWN series was a popular podcast long before it went to print. “A lot of people don’t have time to listen to an hour or watch an hour,” Winfrey explained, “but you can take little snackable bites of inspiration from the book, so I created the book because these are all the messages that really resonated with me. I lead a very profoundly deep, integrated, spiritual life, so my spiritual work is not disconnected from the rest of my work, so these words have really helped me so much.”
Some of her favorite words? Those of the late, great Maya Angelou. “How are we are more alike than we are different?” She continued, “To be able to find the thread that connects us all, that’s part of what these messages do.”
As for what message she had for us now, Oprah shared, “Let’s just stop fighting, OK?”
“The soul of the country needs the book. … When we are all so separated in our differences,” she said In fact, that tidbit is what inspired Winfrey’s first piece on “60 Minutes,” emphasizing the nation’s divisions. “You can only hear your side — the soul of the country needs messages like this.”
“I’m not trying to toot my own horn,” Winfrey elaborated, noting her since axed “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “but that was a great platform every day because every day I had people from all over the country, red states, blue states, I don’t know where they came from, everybody from every background possible.”
Of her goal, she revealed, “How much light can you bring into the world? This is just a piece of light.”