We Don’t Know Them

The most beautiful voice ever heard on this planet has been silenced. And it happened long before Whitney Houston’s tragic death. Anyone who heard her in recent years, anyone who saw her in recent days, knows. She was a shell of her former self. I feel like I’ve seen this movie before. Young talent rises to fame, makes a huge impact on the world, peaks, makes bad choices, fails to maintain an expected level of success, begins to decline, public turns on them, famous person turns on themselves. Death. Here’s the truth: we don’t know them. We didn’t know her. Oh, we feel like we do. We watched Whitney grow up. We saw her on MTV and at the movies. …

Perceptions

I am fascinated by perceptions; how they are formed, how they change, and how off the mark they usually are. This guy is probably great at tuning up a Harley, but he’s likely not very smart, right? That is, until you discover that he’s a heart surgeon. Perceptions can drive us to do things we never had to do, say things we never had to say, even feel things we never had to feel. Think about that. If I perceive that you’re angry with me, I’d feel horrible. I might act nervous around you. I might do something stupid like send you a harsh email or angrily confront you. Suddenly, I find that you were never angry at me at …

Be Real

My wife and I were having breakfast with an old friend in our hometown recently. We hadn’t seen Todd in a long time—too long. As we were catching up he asked, “You guys aren’t perfect right? Because no one is….but just reading your Facebook posts, you sure seem to have fun with life. You sure seem healthy and happy. It’s really inspiring.” It was a nice compliment. And it got me thinking about that fine line. You know the one—the line between what is real and what is not. “Sunday morning we dress up, spray up, and get all made up, but we’re not always on the up and up.” ~ Allen Jackson I love Facebook for making people laugh, …