The Greatest Love of All – By the greatest singer of all…Whitney Houston

I don’t know where to start.  The headline “Whitney Houston dead at 48” seems surreal. 

As the hours pass, further details are revealed about the events leading up to this tragedy. Everyone is outpouring their respect and regards.  Pointing fingers of who was the cause of her tragic turn and the signs that were missed, reminiscing about where they were when they heard “Saving all my love” or what occurred when “How will I know” played on the airways, or how they attempted to hit that note in “I will always love you”.  We can all recall a time.  I remember when I was at my first sleep over, we watched videos and it was the first time I had seen “How will I know” and loved her big  My friends and I all sang and pretended to be her for just a few minutes.

For me, it feels like so many of my favourite artists are slipping through my fingers.  With the art of music and technology, we will always have these artists at a our fingertips and be able to share them with generations to come, but it still hurts.

My heart goes out to Whitney’s family.  To us, she was an amazing singer and someone we admired.  To her family, she was a daughter, a mother, a Queen and so much more.  May their hearts be light knowing that her memory will always live on and the amount of joy she brought to the hearts of millions.

To say Whitney Houston was a legend is an understatement.

Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records, with 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010. She held the all-time record for the most American Music Awards of any single artist and shared the record with Michael Jackson for the most AMAs ever won in a single year with 8 wins in 1994. Houston won a record 11 Billboard Music Awards at its 4th ceremony in 1993. She also had the record for the most WMAs won in a single year, winning five Awards at the 6th World Music Awards in 1994. (source Wikipedia)

She achieved more than people can image but life isn’t about what we achieved, it’s about the lives we touch and the hearts we move.  With 415 career awards, there is no doubt that her fans and peers were touched by her soul. Whitney shared her talent and blessings with us all and I can only pray she knew how much she was loved. 

Though I don’t know all the details about her personal life.  It’s obvious that there was a sense of unhappiness in her life.  Many people don’t realize that though a person may appear to have everything, one can still feel alone and depressed.  Good fortune is not able to buy happiness.  Depression is real and we need to take heed to the non-verbal cries of our loved ones.  I’ve experienced the darkness of depression myself and never want anyone I know to deal with it on their own.

I pray that her mother, daughter, family and loved ones will remain strong and keep the memories of her life alive.  Always looking to the stars for the ones that shine brightest are our loved ones looking down on us.

Rest in Peace Whitney and your memory will always live on forever!

I will always love you:

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