What do Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have in common, besides the fact they each shocked us by taking their own lives? They were each famous: Kate Spade the designer of iconic handbags, and Anthony Bourdain the celebrity chef who toured the gastronomic world in a CNN series. They were each at the pinnacle of their chosen fields. So what was so wrong with their lives that suicide felt like the “right” solution to end their pain?
My husband and I were at a party last weekend for a charity function. Most of the attendees from my
observation seemed educated, well dressed and normal. As I “travelled around the room” meeting
people, some of the people I found were lovely, talked about their lives and asked about mine….just
normal “how do you do” conversation. However, there were several people when I asked about their
connection to the charitable event who began talking, and talking, and talking. They told me, what
seemed to be, the unending story of their lives. This I could deal with except for the fact that after 20
minutes of conversation they had asked nothing, nada, zero about me or my life. They ended our
“conversation” by saying it was so nice to meet me and moved on to their next “victim”.
I don’t know about you, but because I am a “feeler” my emotions are my strongest way of experiencing people and the world. My dear husband is a thinker, so that’s his way of experiencing the world. I deal in feelings and he deals in data.
Every day I have the joy and privilege of helping other people on the path of life look for and discover their destiny as it rolls out in front of them. I help them seek out the guidance that comes from intuition, circumstances, and oftentimes from the dark seasons that life brings to all of us. I help them to understand that the darkness leads to the light if they will only look for what it is trying to teach them and embrace it. A calling is for everyone, not just the special ones, but it is the special ones that seek and find it.