Lessons From the Stars: The Life of Whitney Houston

February 28, 2012
Author: KLTBrown

With the untimely loss of the diva Whitney Houston, too soon and too unexpectedly, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on her wonderful life and point out some things we can learn from her life and legacy. As you read though these points think about yourself and consider how these relationship tips and advice can help you live a successful life.

1. She had a relationship with God and her church that shaped her character and set the posture throughout her life. Although she went through the many different phases of her life she always found herself coming back to her familiar surroundings, God and the church. Remember, our relationships are lasting impressions on the fabric of our lives. Though we may not be aware of it, they stay with us all of our lives. Whether they are healthy or not, they are lasting.

2. Her close relationship with her mother Cissy Houston, a well known gospel singer, had a significant influence on her stylistically. Whitney never strayed far from her Baptist roots, the birthplace of “The Voice,” and the Gospel music that filled her soul. We are all products of our early influences. Remember, the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree.

3. Even in her stardom she was a known for gathering her friends and colleagues in an impromptu circle for prayer and encouragement. Whitney understood the importance of surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Her inner strength was a result of her external connections. Stay connected with positive people. Disconnect from the negative ones.

4. Her family was her bedrock, her source of strength, comfort, and a fiercely protective cross-generational love propelled her forward to success and restrained her from unwise decisions and potential disaster. Listen to your family and close friends when you are unsure of your way. You don’t have to agree with them but at least consider their point of view. It may save you from shipwreck.  Remember, in the multitude of counsel there is safety.

5. She was unselfish in the spotlight. Though she was a true superstar, she generously created opportunities for others who had gifts needing exposure. It takes a great person to recognize the greatness in others.

6. She was a friend, beloved by those close to her because of her thoughtfulness and acts of kindness that regularly portrayed to those around her. She was known for her tendency to phone friends out of the clear blue just to say hello and to let them know she was thinking about them. What a statement for a superstar with a busy schedule and many demands on her time. She still found the time to reach out and touch somebody.

7. She didn’t allow others to define or limit her potentials by being compartmentalized to one gift when she possessed many. She kept and open mind to new opportunities and allowed herself to experience new things to challenge her personally and professionally. Whitney was her own person with her own identity. This explains her long lasting success.

8. She believed in redemption, second chances and new beginnings and threw herself wholeheartedly into a fresh start being willing to confront the daunting task of change. The sign of courage is not in the absence of fear but in the ability to move forward in the presence of it.

9. Lastly and most importantly we can learn that all of us have things to accomplish as effectively and expeditiously as possible, being reminded that tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us no matter the enormity of the gifts we possess.

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