Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, Robin Williams...what can be done?
As soon as I heard about the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain yesterday, the first thing that came to my mind was " I should have asked him to come to my house. I should have made him breakfast." That might be a strange thing to think or say, but I felt it so strongly that I thought there must be something to it. I am a cook. I admire cooks, particularly good cooks, gifted cooks, great cooks. Anthony was one of my heroes. I utilized this quote in my first cookbook for my Breakfast chapter. I believe it to be profoundly true. #cometomyhouse #iwillmakeyoubreakfast
How did you feel when Robin Williams died? I wished that I had invited him to my house. That I had reached out to him. #iwillmakeyoulaugh
What about Kate Spade... what would you want her to know? What would you have done? #cometomyhouse
Did they know how many people loved them, admired them, mourned for them? Did they know how much? What if they had known the public and private reaction to their death? What if we could have invited them over? What if we could tell them we want to make them breakfest?
And... it isn't just celebrities that die tragically. What if our friends and family knew how we really felt about them? What if they knew how much they would be missed? Could it have made a difference? #cometomyhouse #iwillmakeyoubreakfast
Who are the people in your life- that if they suddenly died- you would feel the most strongly about? Who would you mourn the most? Think about those people... whether they are celebrities, neighbors, golf buddies, family. We NEED to let them know how we feel BEFORE the tragedy.
With social media we can reach almost anyone. We can reach out and let them know how we feel. What if thousands of people had sent Anthony Bourdain the hashtag #cometomyhouse #iwillmakeyoubreakfast? Would it have made a difference? I don't know. But I do know that I have friends who battle depression who tell me that a phone call, a warm thought, a card, a note, a message, a tweet, and even a hashtag can make a difference in how their day goes. It can make a difference in managing their illness and give them hope when battling depression.
Let's use social media to reach out to those we admire, no matter how famous. Let's reach out to those we love no matter how distant, no matter how close. Let's send them the message that we care!
#cometomyhouse #iwillmakeyoubreakfast or #iwillmakeyoulunch, or #iwillmakeyoudinner, or #iwillmakeyoubellylaugh, or #iwillmakeyougiggle or #iwillteachyoutosurf or #iwillteachyoutoputt ...
Whatever makes you happy, invite them to do that.
If we all take the time to do this... it could make the difference in at least one life. Let's start with #iwillmakeyoubreakfast.
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