Whitney Houston: A tragic ending to a shining star

Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We all have personal examples of people who have touched our lives for good as well as those who left us with a negative impression, or no impression at all. In the end regardless of what we’ve received from others we need to recognize that it’s what we give to others that is most important. How we treat people, how we pass along positive values, or when we take just a moment to assist someone with a simple courtesy, we have the opportunity to make an impression.

Ms. Houston’s life will become an open book in the days and month’s ahead as the media will look to uncover all aspects of her life. One has to wonder how such a natural talent can be turned upside down sinking so tragically. Why is it that fame, fortune, talent, health, good looks, and so many other advantages she enjoyed weren’t enough to satisfy her? We may never know how tormented she was in life or what pushed her life toward destructive behavior.

At the same time, we’ve seen so many similarly talented individuals end up the same way with so much to offer while their lives seem to self destruct before our vary eyes. The only conclusion I can reach is that as a society we must help keep these folks grounded by not putting them on high pedestals so far removed from the life of average citizens. These so called “super stars” must also do their part to keep giving back and remain connected to the roots of their community.

Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs.com.

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