We currently live in an environment where the only thing that trumps the frustration so many of us feel about our economic and civil environment is cynicism about our ability to solve many of these issues. Living in this haze can sometime trick us into forgetting that we are surrounded by everyday superheroes, people who defy everything the daily drum beat of bad news requires us to believe.
Starting tomorrow, I will be hosting a television program called "Beyond Belief" on OWN, a show that focuses on inspirational people and stories that asks us for at least an hour a week to be inspired again. I, along with veteran correspondents Diane Sawyer, JuJu Chang, Bill Weir and Bob Woodruff, amongst others, will bring you a series that highlights people all around us, our neighbors, our friends and our colleagues, who became extraordinary, some of them in a moment's notice. People who stepped up when they didn't have to. People who believe their greatest strength is something that many of us would call a significant setback. People who find purpose in the impossible.
Take two individuals that you will meet this season. One is Jessica Cox, a woman who was born with no arms and who has made it her life's mission to accomplish things that even us who have two arms haven't dreamt of even trying. Jessica, a black belt in Tae kwon Do, recently broke a Guinness World Record as being the first person with no arms to fly a plane and become a licensed pilot.
Another, Chris Jordan, is a former attorney who addresses his frustration with everything from pollution to lack of health insurance for children to the preponderance of breast implants not with verbal rants or emotive blog entries, but by creating breathtaking pieces of art that hope to educate as much as entertain. Using everyday household items like lighters, soda cans or Barbie dolls, he takes his camera and extraordinary imagination to force us to think about our daily excesses.
Jessica and Chris are just two of the people I look forward to introducing you to this season whose passion for life and drive for relevancy will inspire you. I know because they have inspired me. Inspired me to remember the words of Marianne Williamson when she said, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually who are you not to be?"
I am excited about this show because I am anxious for the viewers to go through the same process that I went through in telling these stories: awe, inspiration, and then motivation. We tell stories not that focus on what's wrong with us, and not even on what we hope to be; rather, we try to celebrate who we already are.
Tune in to "Beyond Belief" Tuesday Jan. 24 from 10-11 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network with host Wes Moore.
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