At the Golden Globes this year accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment, Oprah Winfrey told a few stories celebrating what Abraham Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature.”
We are posting the You Tube clip of her remarks on Our Better Angels, since they express almost perfectly what we stand for. She traced at least three generations of far-reaching leadership from Sidney Poitier, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in 1964 while she watched the Academy Awards ceremony on TV, to all the little girls watching her own speech. Many of those little girls are young enough to be her granddaughters.
Her remarks focused on several other worthy examples of leaders who chose courage, compassion, continuous learning, and service over fear, anger, ignorance, and greed. She noted correctly that many of those leaders served in obscurity, or at least out of the spotlight we tend to shine on the rich, the powerful, and the celebrities among us. Thus they deserve attention among our Angel Stories.
You may have watched Oprah’s remarks live on TV, but in case you didn’t, or in case you want another jolt of inspiration, you can check them out here.