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Two High profile celebrities commit suicide this week, 3 Lessons we can learn from these tragic events

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The world lost a top fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain this week both sadly to suicide. More than 120 people per day commit suicide in the United States this is a very sad figure. Two high-profile celebrities commit suicide in one week. There are three lessons that can be learned from these horrible events.

Number one don’t envy others you never know the depth of their despair. With social media people get a very unclear picture of people’s lives. Your friend post their photos of spring break at Atlantis in the Bahamas and you are staying home and cleaning bugs out of your falling apart pool in the back yard. People post the best of their lives for the most part on social media. We cannot see the heart of those people and the pain that they may feel.

One of my passions and loves of life are playing guitar and of course I have guitarist that I appreciate their work. One of my favorites is Eric Clapton one of the all time best. Please listen to his interview below. He says that in his 20’s he had everything a person could want in life, money, cars, women, fame yet woke up on a daily basis wanting to commit suicide. High profile celebrities have pain and feelings they do not always express just like normal people. Clapton said the lesson that he learned was “want what you have.” I think this is a great life philosophy.

 

That leads me to the second point be content in all circumstances. The apostle Paul said Philippians 4:11-13 to be content in all circumstances. Having more stuff will not make you happy if you are not already happy.

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Last point of the two high-profile celebrities committing suicide is let’s be nicer to each other. Again social media has created an environment where we can be mean to each other with no consequences. Political disagreement has always been around. Different races are what makes America and the world interesting. We will not always agree but can we disagree with some civility? You never know the level of pain that someone is going thru inside especially on social media. Let’s try to me more kind in dealing with others.

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