Saturday, September 1, 2012

Thirty Days of Truth: Day 14

Day 14: A Hero that has let you down (write a letter)

Okay, I can't really think of a hero hero....but this is the closest I can come to it....

Dearest Oprah,

I grew up watching your show and learning some great tips from you for a life better lived. I've enjoyed books from your club and have been entertained by many of the guests that have graced your stage. The wealth of knowledge you have shared with the world is admirable, and I respect you.

My assignment was to write a letter to a hero that has let me down. I would say you are the closest thing to a hero, other than my Mother, and Father-and they are good in those far as not being you come to mind.

I recently subscribed to your magazine, and was horrified at the content. While there were a few good stories, I felt the weight of commercialism and consumerism screaming from just about every page. There was even a section about affordable style...that was not affordable. I was so disappointed.

I am a modest person, living a modest life. As I would assume many of the women that read your magazine are. I was horrified at the clothing lines selected for advertising in the magazine! A $700 jacket, and some equally insanely high priced shoes come to mind first. One outfit on a page would cost more than I spend on my wardrobe in well over a year. Actually, this year I doubt I have spent $200 on my wardrobe (including stuff my husband has bought for me).

It is just that sort of message that makes this world such a difficult place for most. People are shown through advertising that they are "worth more" if they spend more on clothing and other things. That was the last thing I expected to see from a woman who tries to help people learn to live better lives through learning and living it to the fullest.

I would love to see your magazine tailored more towards the message of living well, and within your means. Rather than the message that screams "buy this, or you aren't going to be respected!"

I expected more from you and I was sad to have to cancel the magazine...more people could find happiness if they weren't running the rat race just to waste money on brands and labels. And if someone could help people to learn to live more simply-they'd sure be my hero.

Cassie Stone

So yeah- that would be the gist. I would really want to say more to her. I really did respect her as a person really trying to make a difference. But that's the problem with this world. People say they want to change the world but once they attain the power to be able to, they forget their purpose and fall into the clutches of fame and fashion. A wise woman once said: “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family. Do small things with great love.” That woman is a true Hero to me, Mother Teresa~ Thank you for being the light in the world. I strive to do just that. I try to do everything with love, every small thing with great love.

Do you have a hero, that let you down? Or do you think I'm just silly for getting so worked up about the price of clothing in the magazine? I really thought I'd find something different within those pages....

Thanks for reading, I'd love to see some feedback! And let me know what challenges you are doing, or what you'd like me to do next! I'm almost to the half-way point!

<3 <3 <3 Cassie
~Rolling through life to the rhythm of love...share the bliss.

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