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Trigger Alert

“I learned so much watching Anthony Bourdain. Not just about food, but about culture and life. He was an incredible talent who changed so many people’s lives. It is worth repeating just like after the death of Kate Spade earlier this week ….now with CNN’s Anthony Bourdain… If you need help PLEASE: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Asking for help is a strength not a weakness.” – Nicole F, Friend from University.

This is a post that I’d rather not write, but I would be remiss not to. This week, two prominent and respected creative celebrities took their own lives by brutally hanging themselves.

I’m not going to mince words here. The fact that anyone feels so much pain that they are willing to tragically end their own lives and shred the lives of their families, friends, and their communities into fragments, shows that NEITHER MONEY NOR FAME CAN BUY HAPPINESS. It can’t buy peace, contentment, love, or peace of mind.

Kate Spade, and today, Anthony Bourdain, were both people considered to be “at the top of their game”. They had wealth, notoriety, fame, access, family, fans, followers, etc. But they also apparently had so much pain and sadness within them, that nothing on this earth could bring them the solace that they clearly so desperately needed.

As you already likely know if you’ve read my blog a time or two, I am a woman of faith, and in so many ways, it saddens me deeply to learn of “successful” people who have so much to be grateful for, and yet, the burdens that they have were so heavy that they found no more reason to hope, to want, to believe, to continue. What heartache and sorrow they must have been suffering!

I’ve posted about the phrase “Thoughts and Prayers”, so I won’t go there today. But I will say that I believe in you. No, I don’t know you, but I know that you have a purpose. I also know that you have a choice in everything that you do in life. These are hard times for everyone. We’re all searching for something, asking for more purpose and meaning, and we want to feel relevant.

Sometimes, though, if we walk away from the selfies, the likes, the # of clicks or followers that will never be enough, and we just focus on ONE person… could we make a difference? Could we encourage that one person to say, “Alright, just one more day of this bull”, and then one more day, and then one more until that person recognizes how beautiful and important they are?

WRITE TO ME. Even if you send a comment to me, or post on any social media outlet where you can find me, if you’re serious and want to connect, I’m here. I know that I don’t blog enough to generate tons of traffic, but if my post somehow reaches you when you’re looking for someone to say “I genuinely care and want you to remain on this earth with the rest of us”, then look no further. I’m serious. One of the best quotes of my younger years was from D.C. Talk when they sang:

“Love is a verb.”

PLEASE: Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Asking for help is a strength, not a weakness.

Photo sources from mercurynews.com

Atina Atwood View All

Author, dreamer, mother, wife, sister, daughter, Believer, romantic, researcher, performer, friend, reader, underutilized philanthrope (my own fault - I'm working on it), discoverer, educator, Foodie, holistic, sentimental, human.

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