20. You Are Not Alone: How Michael Jackson Saved Lives
The quote above is an excerpt from a heartfelt letter Jodi wrote as a message to Michael for his 52nd birthday. She posted it for everyone to read when MJ fans, friends and family took Twitter by storm on his birthday, posting their own personal #MessagetoMJ.
I found her letter to be very profound and timely, considering within the last couple of weeks I have had conversations with two different young women who claim exactly that; Michael Jackson saved their life.
He was once asked how he would like to be remembered. Michael’s response was, "As a person who came and brought light to the world, some escapism; also as a voice for the voiceless children, because I love them. I’m living for the children. If it weren’t for the kids, I would throw in the towel."
These two young women have personally experienced what Michael Jackson knew better than most; there is a healing power that comes with love, and it can save your life. He used his talent in music and dance to shower the world with an amazing energy of love that filled his soul.
The first young woman I spoke to, told me about her painful childhood. She grew up feeling alone and insecure as a result of adults who betrayed her. She said to me: "I am one of those voiceless children. I’m telling you, if he wasn’t there, I wouldn’t still be alive today."
She recounted how she spent years looking into the eyes of adults surrounding her, trying to find a glimpse of something that would give her feelings of security and love. The eyes really are the window to the soul and she never found what she was looking for. Then she was introduced to Michael Jackson, not in person, but through his music.
"Just hearing him talking about children and how much he cared about us, made me feel I’m secure and loved and that I’m not alone," she said. A warm feeling came over her from the second she saw him, because everything that she had been looking for in all those eyes surrounding her, she found in him. He gave her strength, hope, and made her feel like she mattered.
The second young woman revealed that at age 13, she tried to commit suicide. What she was enduring in her life was just too much for the sensitive girl that she was, as she put it. She tells a chilling story about the day she decided to take her life:
"One day I was alone at home. I filled the bathtub and took a large kitchen knife. I was hearing the sound of my neighbor's radio. I was peaceful, and I was not afraid at all. I had seen this scene plenty times in my head, but at this very moment, I was just calm. I lay in the bath. There was a cool song playing at my neighbor's house, but I just did not pay attention. I took the knife next to me, and was about to cut my veins when the song played louder...
Just the other night, I thought I heard you cry, asking me to come and hold you in my arms ... I can hear your prayers, your burdens I will bear but first I need your hand...then forever can begin...
I just dropped the knife, and I started to cry. I don't know why, but I did. This is why I'm still here. Michael saved me; and I'm grateful forever."
We all want to know that we matter, that we are important to someone in this world, because it makes us feel worthy of love. Having that belief gives us inner strength to thrive no matter what happens.
Michael said it best, "If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with. A professor may degrade you, but you will not feel degraded, a boss may crush you, but you will not be crushed, a corporate gladiator might vanquish you, but you will still triumph. How could any of them truly prevail in pulling you down? For you know that you are an object worthy of love. The rest is just packaging."
That is how Michael Jackson made these two young women feel, like they are an object worthy of love. He gave them the strength that comes from knowing that "You Are Not Alone."
Jodi went on to write in her letter to Michael, "Video archives will never accurately depict the excitement you caused EVERY time you set foot in public or on stage. The best mankind can do is observe your genius and pay it forward as an example of how a true Angel walked amongst us."
For these two young women, Michael was indeed an Angel. They have a very special bond with him now. Both were deeply affected by his death, but they know they are survivors. They know they are worthy of love; he taught them that. They also know they are part of a global community that loves them back. Now they are the ones giving hope and courage to others, all because of the love of Michael Jackson.
Michael intuitively knew how to make people feel loved and in doing so, he saved lives. We should all take the time to observe his genius and pay it forward to someone in our lives that may be going through a rough time.
"Nothing could contain, stop or define the force that lived within this one man." Jodi Gomes
That force, expressed as love, saved lives.
Make a difference in someone's life simply by taking their hand and saying these four powerful words to them:
You Are Not Alone
Director of Community Development
© 2010, Linda Higgins, All Rights Reserved
(Note: Both young women have given me permission to write about them in hopes that their story may help someone else in the world. I have not revealed names or personal details to respect their privacy.)
To see a short video clip of MJ expressing unconditional love during the song You Are Not Alone, watch the video below.
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