Tina Turner, the American and International Superstar passed on from this world at the age of 83. No one in this world taught me more about self-respect than Tina Turner whose hit record R-E-S-P-E-C-T (1967) changed women's views of themselves and their place in society than Tina Turner. As she had the courage to make cultural changes when society was on the waves of the feminists' movement before 1970, others were empowered. Tina had a vision and the courage to get the sexes thinking during chaotic times when many women and young girls had to find ways to use their painful emotions to make change by cultivating respect through wisdom. Respect made all the difference.
If you never read "Happiness Becomes You, a guide to changing your life for good," by Tina Turner, I highly recommend it. When it came to her lifestyle and the recording business, she broke through the glass ceiling by leaving Ike. He could not keep her down. Nobody soared higher to get out of a destructive and toxic relationship than Tina Turner. It took time, energy, tears, and sorrow for her to finally discover the life she was meant to live.
In her book, "Happiness Becomes You,"a guide to changing your life for good," Tina goes on telling the story of her life and how chanting changed her life for an even better life as she learned to study Buddhism. Meditation made a difference during difficult times, especially after the death of her son. Moving to Switzerland made all the difference where she remained until her dying day.
Money and success doesn't get us to the pearly gates (if that is something you believe). I found Tina Turner to be a true inspiration and she showed all people, regardless of where you come from in life, the color of your skin, or your beliefs, that everyone was put on this earth for a reason and to help one another. No matter how hopeless, and regardless of what path you're on, you have choices. The greatest lesson I learned from Tina Turner is no one was born to be stepped on or have their hearts broken. Unfortunately, bad things happen. Respectfully, we have to stand up for ourselves and be the best we can on earth.
RIP Tina Turner. Because of you, many lives were changed for the better.
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