“You can’t lead the people if you don’t love the people. You can’t save the people if you don’t serve the people.” ― Cornel West
Last week we lost a great friend and Visionary. Royette Baptiste, TV host of Caribbean Vibrations, passed away most unexpectedly. Words cannot express my shock and sadness at this terrible news about our friend. First and foremost, my sympathies and prayers go out to Alain and the Baptiste’s family. This is also a great loss for the commmunity who have worked so closely with Royette over the years. Royette had such a vibrant and youthful entrepreneurial spirit. I was just thinking about my last conversation with her and Alain about shooting them in an upcoming LIWI Campaign; she was so thoughtful and optimistic about the future.
The funny thing about life is that we take it and the people in it for granted. The length and quality of our life is not always within our control. We treat each moment as though it is owed to us. We waste time, and we miss opportunities, but the thing that most of us miss out on most is love.
We are constantly running around feeling that everything is more important than actually living and enjoying our life. The lesson I have learned in my life is that nothing is guaranteed, but most importantly what I learned is that the time that we can spend with our loved ones at any minute can be cut short. For that reason I try to make sure that the people in my life know how I feel about them by my actions and in my words not just because I want them to know but because I don’t want to miss the opportunity and I want to have no regrets.
We should take advantage of all the opportunities we have in order to make an impact with our lives. Because you may only get one chance. Each person has talents/gifts that God placed in them…as well as qualities that make that person unique in their own way.
When you or I come up with our own game-plan for this thing called “life” we tend to be unhappy no matter how good things appear to be on the surface. If you look around our society today, read the paper, watch the news, etc. you’ll hear about senseless murders, suicides by people who seemed to have it all together, spouses cheating on the one they made a life long commitment to, children having their own children, money-moguls wanting MORE money and the list goes on and on and ON!!!!
We all put so much ahead of our happiness and well being, but at the end of the day it is really all about the love. Cars, houses, and things unfortunately most people don’t realize can’t really make you happy, and once acquired most people find their lives very empty. The key is listening to what your life is trying to tell you, by following your inner voice, and placing your goals on paper, you well mentally see doors open that will help you to organize, and walk your own unique path.
Okay, I said I would end this off so in closing I would like to leave you with this: In God you will find your purpose. It’s in Him that you’ll find peace when you make that choice to follow His purpose and plans for you when everyone is telling you to do something else. In order to accomplish your purpose…your reason for being here today you have to make God the center of it all and all you have to do is believe and follow Him and the example He set (P.U.S.H.)
Pray Until Something Happens
I am sure that everyone who knew Royette will join me in saying; Royette thank you for your friendship and inspiration, thank you for your dedication to all that you did for the Carribean community.
You we truly be missed.