There has been much in the media surrounding the death of pop superstar Whitney Houston. While I didn’t know Whitney personally, because of my 24 years in the entertainment business, many of my friends knew here very closely.  As I hear them speak about her and the wonderful woman she was, I can’t help but be sadden about how her life ended.

There has been lots of speculation around the cause of her death, but the one question that constantly floods my mind is, “could she have been helped?”  None of us have the calendar on someone’s life. We don’t know how long anyone will be present on the earth, but we all do have a responsibility to take care of each other.

I remember witnessing the young super star decline right before our eyes on television. I also remember hearing lots of stories from my entertainment friends. And I am ashamed to admit, yes,  I remember sitting around and talking about “what’s wrong with her.”  I guess that’s why her death has had such an impact on me because I can’t help but wonder, did I do my part? Did I pray for her as much as I could have?  Did I uphold her with my loving words and thoughts? Or did I do like the rest of world, watch, talk and wait on the inevitable.?

Ladies, we have a moral duty and responsibility to love and take care of each other. To love in every moment, in every situation and always. We are not responsible for other people’s choices or actions, but on a deeper level, we do have the power to create change and transformation in the world and in the lives of others.

Each of us come into the world with a purpose and a mission. Regardless of what the media wants to claim, she fulfilled her mission. She shared that “voice” with the world and in many ways the world didn’t protect her. I was a taker and so were millions of others.

Perhaps if I had written my book earlier, something in there could have touched her in away that would have caused a shift. Perhaps if you would have written that song, that book, shared that program or service, you could in someway helped her. That’s why you can no longer play it small in life. Your light has to shine and as the darkness continues to dawn upon the world, we need your light and we need it now.

There are millions of Whitney Houston in the world who are looking for someone to be there for them, to show them the way…or to simply love them.

Are you seriously committed to fulfilling your purpose or are you just interested? We are living in a time when being interested is just not enough. We need the serious players who are not afraid of failing. If you are afraid of failing, just get out of the game completely.

Because it’s time that we all put our big girl panties on and stand shoulder to shoulder so that together we can midwife a better world.  Stop standing on the sidelines. It’s time to get in the game. Do I have any players?

Remember, live authentically, laugh everyday and embrace love as a lifestyle.