I generally don’t care about celebrity news. But Whitney Houston’s death stings. Why? Because I was rooting for her recovery. I did not care if she never sang another song again. I prayed for her health and her sanity. I prayed for her mother, daughter, and other loved ones who had to watch her stuff her pain down with drugs and alcohol. Ms. Houston owned her pain saying in a 2002 interview, “The biggest devil is me. I am either my best friend or worst enemy.” And this statement is true for many of us. We cover our pain with alcohol, drugs, food, sex, a string of bad relationships, make-up, hairstyles, plastic surgery, tons of stuff we can’t afford, or just a simple smile when we know we really are crying on the inside. Ms. Houston wore her pain on the outside, at least some of the time. She wasn’t in denial like many of us are, afraid that our true selves will be found out. Every moment we waste trying to cover up our “stuff” is another day that is wasted. I vote that we stop covering up our pain and share what we are going through. There is always an ear that will listen. There is no need for any human being to suffer in silence.
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