Farewell, Whitney.

Whitney Houston 1963-2012 

Yesterday marked the passing of one of the greatest voices of our generation. Whitney Houston, dead at 48. Simple sentence and media outlets announced the sad news from Los Angeles within minutes of the singer’s passing. Tragic, life cut short, and then all the rumblings about how drugs, alcohol and life choices were to blame. The official word is that the cause of death is still: unclear.

All we know is, she was extraordinarily gifted and gone too soon.

Losing someone like Whitney is a strange feeling. She wasn’t a close friend, but we knew her, didn’t we? We watched her for years and enjoyed her smile, her song, and her incredible talent. And yet we didn’t really know her, after all.

As a recruiter my life’s work is far from the glamour and glitz of Hollywood. My candidates design and build cars and people in Hollywood drive cars, but that’s about as close as they get to one another. Until, that is, someone like Whitney comes on the scene. It doesn’t matter where you come from or what type of music you like- if you heard Whitney sing the National Anthem at the SuperBowl in 1991 (right after the USA went to war) you had chills run up your spine. Maybe you’re like me and have zero musical talent, it doesn’t matter- if you heard Whitney, you just knew. She was special, extraordinary really. And talent like that doesn’t come around very often in a lifetime.

The rarity of Whitney’s talent made it all the sadder to lose her so early. Many would argue that her addictions took her from us before her life actually ended. She seemed to have the voice of an angel and yet battled, often publicly, her many demons. In the end, her voice was ravaged, her marriage dissolved, her career impacted, and ultimately perhaps even her life cut short by the addictions. Such a terrible tragedy, such a terrible loss, and such a terrible waste.

One could ask why there wasn’t someone to intervene, why the rehab programs didn’t work or wasn’t there something else that could have been done?… but in the end, it’s simply too late. We’ve lost another Great, and way too soon.

Most of us will live our lives never coming close to the international acclaim and popularity of Whitney Houston. We’ll never sell the records, top the charts, or dazzle the nations. But in our own quiet ways, we’re the Great to somebody. Maybe it’s your kid, maybe it’s your mom, maybe it’s your spouse. I just know that the only glimmer of goodness I can see in saying good-bye to a friend I never knew like Whitney is the small reminder of how very short, and how very precious life is. Sing your song now. Sing it today. Don’t wait and don’t lose your voice. Be who you were created to be and accept nothing less.

We will always love you, Whitney. Thanks for sharing your voice with us.

Lauren Goodson, Founder and President of Cornerstone Recruitment Group and Career Expert Academy http://careerexpertacademy.com  is a nationally renowned expert in Job Search Strategies, Career Coaching and Hiring for the Professional audience. She has helped thousands of job seekers to achieve their potential and grow their career.  Through CareerExpertAcademy.com ,  Lauren has redefined professional job search training by establishing an all-in-one resource for extensive and exceptional expert information.  Be sure to visit http://careerexpertacademy.com for more info.


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