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Many of us are familiar with Gayle King, but we usually think of her as Oprah’s bestie.  A few years ago, while attending the California Women’s Conference when Maria Shriver was California’s First Lady and the leader of the conference, I was given a chance to go back stage and meet Ms. King. I found her very approachable and friendly.  It was a short encounter, but enough time to leave a positive impression on me. Although Gayle has a strong personality and she has accomplished many things during her career, I think some people can under estimate her because of her relationship with Oprah, but don’t sleep on her because she is a queen.

Most of us have either seen or at least heard about the Gayle King interview with R. Kelly that happened a few weeks ago.  Many have applauded her for her ability to keep her cool in what could have been a serious storm.  I think the interview showed her strength in an industry that can cause many people to lose control.  This made me think about how “queenly” she carried herself which made me then think about what are some of the qualities a queen possesses?  When I did a little research, here are a few of the points that continued to come up:

  • Kind
  • Prepared
  • Confident
  • Courageous
  • Honest
  • Elegant
  • Composed
  • Deliberate or on purpose about what they do

Reflecting on not only the interview that Ms. King had with R. Kelly, but also how she carries herself on a regular basis, I would say she handles herself like a queen. The bigger point is that each of us can have a little queen in us.  When I think of the women, I would call queen (which aren’t many) they all possess most, if not all of these qualities.  Although I believe these are qualities that anyone could strive to obtain, they are not always easily practiced.  We hear about people practicing random acts of kindness, but the question is can we continue being kind or is it something we do temporarily or only when we have something to gain?

As we look at the other points mentioned, being prepared, confident, courageous, honest, elegant, composed or even deliberate, they have to become things we think about and practice daily. They have to become part of our DNA.  It is a choice and a decision that we must weave into the very fabric of our everyday lives. Like anything good it takes commitment and discipline. Oprah Winfrey said, “Think like a queen.  A queen is not afraid to fail.  Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.”  I guess it is true, birds of a feather do flock together.  Gayle King hangs with bestie Queen Oprah.  Who do you hang out with?  #WomenHistoryMonth #WomenEmpowerment #Queen #SeasonofGreatness

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