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I just read designer Kate Spade, 55 was found dead in her NYC apartment from apparent suicide. As a person who has had an up-close experience with a loved one choosing to escape what is believed to be the unbearable, my thoughts and prayers are with her family and every family that has ever had to face this hardship.
For many of us, it is disturbing to think that someone of great beauty and success failed to find–or buy whatever she wanted and needed. We’ll ask ourselves, what was so difficult that she couldn’t come to terms with what seemed to be impossible, “She had it all.”
But wait, before you go there you need to know this: No one has it all. What is “it all,” anyway? Perhaps, that’s the challenge we all face: a yearning desire to find “it all” so we’ll happy forever.
This is the path to impossibility and discontentment. We all lessons that we have to learn and trials we have to go through. There’s no permanent place on earth that is happy ever after.
Prayer, mediation and practicing good will toward others is a good start on the path to happiness. But on the journey, we all have to discover our place of contentment and peace that comes to those who are relentless in seeking it–even when it evades us.
I leave you with this poem that I wrote when our dear Christian passed. We have shared it with other families that have lost their loved ones to suicide and I share it with.
Be at peace.
Sometimes life gets lonely and filled with despair, but don’t fret; God is always there.
I made a choice to take my flight, believing that it would lead me to the white light.
I know you will miss me, and I will miss you too, but we’re closer than you think; we are all connected through one link.
I loved you before I said good-bye, I love you still; don’t believe any other lie. Be strong, be wise, and be of good cheer; nothing has gone wrong, although it looks weird.
You taught me what I was to know. And I did the same for you on life’s stage show.
I send you my love, a hug, and a kiss; I have no more wishes because this day of freedom, peace and joy was on my list.
These are my last words to each of you: don’t mope, be depressed, or be blue. I told you from the beginning I’m alright; you taught me about God, angels and the white light.
I love you!
Poem Copyrights 2014 S. Renee Smith. Blog copyright 2018 S. Renee Smith, You can get my inspirational prayers on Amazon in my book, Our Hearts Wonder: Prayers to Heal Your Heart and Calm Your Soul. Or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to quickly share a conversation that I hope will inspire you this Christmas Day.
A friend invited me to her home to celebrate Christmas Eve with her family. My heart wanted to be there, but
I wasn’t sure my tired body would sustain my heart’s desire. I told her that I planned to be there. She said, “I understand your work schedule, you don’t have to come out of obligation.” I said, “I wouldn’t come out of obligation, I would come out of appreciation. You love and support me, sis. I want to come and support you.”
Over the course of our 15-year friendship, I’ve seen many pieces of her life. I’ve met most of her family, but I hadn’t seen them all together. It was a joy to watch the personalities, relationship dynamics, and the spirit of Christmas gleam from her four children, four grandchildren, one in-law, former husband and family friend (who is due to deliver her second child any day) and her daughter.
I had an incredible time eating, laughing, and exchanging hopes, fears, dreams, and stories of God’s miraculous moves in our lives.
The spirit of Christmas reminds us of the appreciation and adoration of the incredible gift of life that changed the course of the universe. Jesus didn’t come out of obligation, he came out of appreciation for who we are and what we can become.
My prayer is that every moment you spend celebrating with those closest to you will be felt with the same level of love, freedom, and elevated awareness that Jesus bought to the plant.
There Is More Inside, YOU!
God Bless you, I love you, Merry Christmas!
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