Today, the world wakes up to the
sad news of the death of Whitney Houston. She was a singer, performer and
global icon. Her gift was her voice which had a magnificence and power that
surpassed anything that could be called mere talent. This she was born with and
it came out of her like a spring – natural and even holy.
When we watch “American Idol” and
“The X Factor” we see auditionees who
have raw talent that require development through mentoring. These potential candidates for stardom have to
wait in line and count votes to reach the peak. They have to slog through, face
disappointment, criticism and rejection. It’s by far the toughest route to
Whitney needed no such help
during her life. She was blessed and, in recent weeks, she herself acknowledged
that during an interview. She was born to a gospel singer, her god mother was
Aretha Franklin and cousin, Dionne Warwick. Her ”audition” for world fame was
sealed in church as she performed along side her mother. The world knows
greatness when it hears it and Whitney had it all…..in her voice, her looks and
Those we consider to “have it
all” often don’t. Their hearts and minds our very like ours – fragile and
easily misled, feeling the force and
breaking down, thinking we know it all then finding we’re clueless in the face
Inner strength does not reveal itself until the hard times come
and either we harness it and swim through our troubles or we sink - one shot at a time.
|The Climb of your life|
In Whitney’s case she was sinking
but no one really knew how to help. Previously married to fellow singer,
Bobby Brown, she did not find happiness in that relationship. Relationship
baffles us all…..why can’t we find the love of our life….why can’t it be
like……why didn’t I…..what am I missing here?
Whitney, no doubt suffered, trying
to find that elusive thing that would give her lasting inner peace and
happiness. Her quest drove her to seek refuge in drugs and alcohol.
painful truth is that there’s no one or no thing that can fix you, though you might
try many fixes in your lifetime – food, prescription drugs, money, mansions, men, marriage, parenthood and a private jet!
Life is a journey towards
wholeness and a good many of the above are a hindrance and help along the way.
Whitney’s experience of life was a lot greater and grander than most
ordinary folk but it was no less arduous. Her personal struggle to find
equilibrium has been the loneliest road of all and one that she’ll now pursue
on a higher plane.
|Candle in the wind|
Although wealth provides great
opportunities it also poses a dilemma. When the mundane aspects of our life are
taken care of then we have to confront the demons within. When we conquer one
then out comes another and another. Whitney fought hard against them but, in
the end, her spirit weakened and she succumbed.
She’ll be remembered for
posterity for casting a light through music. The light of Whitney will never
dim and I had the privilege of seeing a live performance in 1988 in London. She
was at the height and the edge of her glory. She’s quoted as saying that she
was “no angel”, and no one of us are, but she’ll always be everyone’s sweetheart.
|Fly free Whitney!|