The world mourns another legend…this time it’s Whitney Houston. I remember singing one of her hits: One moment in time at my primary (elementary) school graduation….I remember all the words to this day. The Bodyguard was one of my favourite movies…along with Waiting to Exhale. Someone just remarked on cnn that when you live a life in the spotlight everyone knows what you’re going through at any given moment. I think that not all times this is true. These talented famous people get on stage and make appearances to wow the world and make us happy while making records and movies as part of their job, but no one really knows how they truly feel inside when they get home at night and shut the doors to the world. It’s really sad indeed, that sometimes it’s those with the greatest talent are the ones with the most pain and internal warfare and need the most love and support. Just a week or so ago it was Don Cornelius. It’s sad to think that while they make sooo many people happy around the world…they can’t find that happiness within to make the pain go away….really sad.
Their music and life’s work are able to break down borders and traverse race, geography, languages, culture and religion….their music is timeless. Some of them however live a really lonely and tormented life and to onlookers it seems that everything is all glitz and glamour and everything is all well in their world but all that glitters is not gold. It’s good to acknowledge the talent in others but always recognize the source. We (myself included) must live our life in such a way to nourish and keep connected to that source that we will always be able to let our talents shine for the world to enjoy. We must be able to surmount the fears, obstacles and temptations that may block us from our true path and connection to God which is the true and almighty source of all talent.
I’ll leave you with the words of the Emmy award winning song that Whitney made famous in 1988:
“You’re a winner for a lifetime, if you seize that one moment in time…Make it shine…”
– From One Moment in Time (1988) recorded by Whitney Houston and written by Albert Hammond and John Bettis.
Your music created wonderful memories for us all…RIP…definitely gone too soon.