I admire a lot about Whoopi Goldberg’s talents and smarts. Thus, I was drawn to her AARP Orlando@50+ “intimate conversation” with Larry King and to her post-presentation press conference. At the presentation, we were rewarded by wit and humor (excluding the politics). At the press conference, I was pleasantly surprised by the wisdom she conveyed that is applicable to all baby boomers.
The insights began flowing when Whoopi was asked about the recent death of her mother and what advice she had about others facing this issue. Here’s what hit home with me:
You know the death of a parent will come but you still can’t control it. She prepared as best she could by making sure that there was “nothing unsaid” between her and her mother. They spoke daily.
It is hard to lose your Mom because she, perhaps more than anyone, “gets you.”
The grief process takes time because your parents are a life “habit” that is not easily broken.
When you lose a parent, you are not who you were the day before. You are not sure in what way you are different, but you can feel it.
As a follow-up to this philosophical discussion about parents and loss, Whoopi (who several times had stated “life happens”) was asked whether she thought life was more about God or luck.
If you are a believer, all of life is about your God, even the lucky stuff.
Even if you are a non-believer, it’s still 50% God and 50% luck.
Amen Whoopi. Do you sense she is a believer?