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What Most People Don't Realize About Oprah, According To Her Friend Iyanla

"You don't see it because you see her big, strong television personality."

Oprah Winfrey’s life is often an open book. Many already know about everything from her difficult childhood of abuse and neglect to her journey as a spiritual seeker and philanthropist who’s always giving back, be it with her time or resources. 

“She keeps no records of wrongs,” says frequent “Oprah Show” guest and OWN show host Iyanla Vanzant. “I know this woman has not been treated well. She’s not been treated well. She kept no record of it, and she continues to be generous with her life.” 

But for all that is known about Oprah, Iyanla says there’s one thing about the media executive that most don’t notice.

“People don’t see it and know it, but I feel it in my spirit: a level of meekness about Oprah Winfrey,” Iyanla says. “You don’t see it because you see her big, strong television personality, but there’s a level of humility and meekness in her.”

Oprah as a whole, Iyanla continues, is like the popular Bible verse from 1 Corinthians come to life: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

“She is the personification of love,” Iyanla says. “I am blessed to be able to call her, Ms. O, my sister-woman-friend.”

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