Last night while watching the 2nd half of Oprah's interview with James Frey I found myself completely immersed in the conversation. Not so much with what was being said, although that felt important, but more so the energy of the interview. It was one of the most compassionate and attentive interviews I've seen Oprah do. Although I'm not obsessed with Oprah I do feel that she has had a remarkable influence on helping to raise the consciousness and evolution of humanity around the world, and that is important. She seemed to truly listen to James Frey as he spoke about his mistake with claiming his book, A Million Little Pieces, was a memoir. I feel like what I really enjoyed about their conversation was the respect and willingness to truly listen to one another and come from that place of compassion and openness. When Oprah does compassion she does it so beautifully.
I believe and hope that we can all reach that place in our lives. Maybe not perfectly every time, but we can certainly strive for that as we all interact on this planet called Earth. I feel like it's one of the reasons I really enjoy what I am doing in my life right now. Connecting with people through our toffee company. As I have said in the past and will probably say for the rest of my life, it's not the (fill in the blank) that's the passion, it's the creativity and connection to others that I feel passionate about. We are all here to help one another, to be there for one another, to express ourselves openly and honestly. And this is where James Frey got a little trapped and things got messy. His intention wasn't to publish a memoir, his intention was to publish the story he had spent years writing. He felt it might help others and his goal was to get it published. It wasn't until he had experienced many rejections to publish it as a novel that he was approached with the idea of publishing it as a memoir. That's where things went awry. His "choice point". Being honest with ourselves is the first step, being honest with others will come after that. And that, as both Oprah and James said, is true freedom.