Like a lot of people, I was taken aback by the news of Kate Spade’s passing. I’ve never been one to keep up with designers. However, when I thought of Kate Spade, I imagined someone full of life and joy. A quirky woman who wore glasses and had tickle parties with her daughter. She very well could have been that person, I don’t know. But, I would have never imagined she would be someone who would want to take her life.
I began thinking. Kate Spade had everything so many of us work for in life. She had a family. She had a successful business and career. Friends. Money. Power. Influence. Yet, there was still something missing for her. And that reminded me that the things of this world don’t matter if you don’t truly have peace of mind and Love.
We run ourselves down over relationships and jobs. But where’s the fulfillment really? Can you rest at night? Do you have energy to go throughout your day? Are you at peace with yourself?
So many people search for peace in this world. And in a world where there are more people depressed and feeling alone than there are people who care about them, I have no choice but to look to Jesus. In Him, I know I find peace and refuge. Also with His direction, I have found people who were placed in my life to help keep me above water. I don’t know where I would be without my support system.
My prayer in this time is that people will learn from Kate’s passing. If you’re feeling lost, find help. There are resources available outside of social media that can benefit you. If you know someone who has been depressed, reach out to them. Depression isn’t something that just goes away in this society. People can wear many masks. Pay more attention to the people around you. Your family members. Your friends who seem to have it all together. That coworker that struggles in the next office. Don’t ignore the silent cry. Lend them your heart. Write someone a kind note. Send a text of concern. Call.
In times of defeat, any sign that someone cares is worth the effort.