I just watched a YouTube video of Whitney Houston’s’ “The Greatest Love of All.” The video was produced in 1985, during her rise to fame. You’ll find it here:
Whitney as a little girl dreams of being on the big stage. In the song, she confesses that she never found anyone who could fill her needs, so she decided to depend on herself:
“If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity”
Near the end, she is staring in the dressing room mirror preparing for her stage debut. As she crosses the stage, we watch the little girl Whitney become integrated with grown-up Whitney.
“And if by chance, that special place
That you've been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love”
Knowing the tragic end to Whitney’s life, I encourage you to watch it and then consider if teaching our children to love themselves is the right thing to do.
If we tell our children to love themselves, to find what they’re looking for within themselves, we will keep them from finding the real love that will sustain them when life falls apart.
I’d love to know your thoughts after watching the video with this perspective.
For the sake of your children,