Little Happier: Dolly Parton and Oprah Winfrey Talk about Humility and Hubris


I'm gretchen rubin and this is a little happier. Yes back to dolly parton. I should really set aside some time to reflect on why why i am interested in dolly parton i haven't been as interested in anyone since winston churchill or saint reservoir and i found myself off reflecting on an exchange that i've written about before between dolly parton and oprah winfrey on the oprah winfrey show in april nineteen ninety two that is twenty seven years ago now in my writing and thinking and reading. My subject is human nature i think about why why do we do what we do. How can we change if we want to change how our people alike and how different from each other one question. I ponder within this larger subject is why do some people who achieved stardom bend under that pressure and sitcom to its pressures. There's and temptations in destructive ways and why do other people seem to be able to withstand that pressure. I suppose the answer is character sir but that just raises the question what aspect of character inborn qualities beliefs habits relationships experiences what combination nation protects people because i've thought a lot about this question i was particularly interested in this exchange between dolly parton and oprah winfrey free issue as fisa lucky that i've had the opportunity to to make a good living at what i love to do always wanted to sing. I always wanted abuse star. I always wanted to be out with the people and i'm getting to do that and i'm getting to enjoy doing that and it's like you. I think we're all born. We wonder who we are why we're doing here. It's the same old the thing all through like thing in who you are today this tattoo. Who don't you think to obviously you think you've just just intimated that you do that. Your thought to your life and that one of the reasons why you are where you are. I am where i am. Those of you. Where you are is because you believed you could be here. It's gets faith that thank you have to work very hard. You have to have their certain my luck to your like there's <hes> <hes> i used to not realize how lucky i had been always grateful and humble always always have worked hard to but i see so many people that have twice a talent that i have that maybe came to nashville the same time i did did they write better songs sing better but there's just something that the timing is not right so i think there's a certain element of luck in that but i think that people can we do a lot with what they've got if they just had the faith and so much of it is faith and belief. I think one has to be careful not to get arrogant with that because i think you know a few <hes> don't humble yourself god. We'll do it for you. Bring i find this exchange exchange fascinating. They're talking about hubris. I wish that these two megastars has spent much more time exploring their thoughts and their experiences experiences on this subject. I wish that oprah winfrey had asked dali. What do you mean by humble. A few minutes later in the interview view dolly parton emphasizes again that you have to quote to try to keep yourself humble and to be servant to the people how does dolly parton think about that. She certainly has done many things to be a servant to the people generally in her performances and particularly to improve the lives of the people in the great smoky mountains where she grew up or does she mean something else. I would love to hear them talk about that. If you'd like to watch more of the interview on the oprah winfrey show all post a link in the show notes. I'm gretchen rubin and i hope this makes your week a little happier.

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