7 Lessons On Faith And Leadership From The Life Of Donna Summer
Today, disco legend Donna Summer has passed away at age 63.Â Donna’s real name was LaDonna Gaines.Â My thoughts and prayers go out to family and friends – specifically her husband, children, and grandchildren.Â Â She was my favorite female singerÂ growing upÂ and she will be missed.
Even more than her music, what I appreciated most aboutÂ DonnaÂ was her Christian faith.Â Many know from her autobiography that she attempted suicide at theÂ height of her career in 1976.Â She realized that you can have everything this world has to offer butÂ that aloneÂ will leave your soul empty.
The following are excerpts from a PeopleÂ magazine articleÂ written June 9, 2008.Â Since this is a leadership website, I will process her thoughts through that specific lens.Â Â SheÂ was a woman of incredible faith, self-leadershipÂ and courage.Â She possessedÂ an inner-peace that only came through her relationship with Jesus Christ.Â You can read the full article by clicking here.
- On Fighting Anxiety – “I was really freaked out by the horrific experiences of that day (9-11).Â Â I couldn’t go out, I didn’t want to talk to anybody. I had to keep the blinds down and stay in my bedroom…Â Walking there (to counseling)Â felt like 90 miles. I was so burdened, I was panting. I went, ‘I can make it to the end of the street. I know I can.’”
- On Staying Positive -Â ”Emotionally, I had to stop focusing on negativism.”
- On Finding Solutions – “I went to church, and light came back into my soul.Â Â That heaviness was gone.”
- OnÂ Having Perspective -Â ”When I attack myself on little, nonsense issues, I start thanking God for my life. I look at people in Afghanistan and Darfur, and I’m like, ‘Hello? Wake up, Miss Summer!’”
- On MarriageÂ - Friend Alice Harris says, “She’s gotten through it with the support of a man (husband of 30+Â years Bruce Sudano)Â who adores her.”
- On A HealthyÂ Self-ImageÂ -Â ”There’s a sense of real life here (in Nashville rather than Hollywood).Â Â I have hips, and I like to eat.Â Â I’m too chicken to go under the knife.”
- On Being A Grandmother -Â ”I make them a bubble bath and bring them cider in champagne glasses.Â Â They boss me around and get a total kick out of it.”
Summer’s family released the following statement today: “Early this morning, we lost Donna Summer Sudano, a woman of many gifts, the greatest being her faith. While we grieve her passing, we are at peace celebrating her extraordinary life and her continued legacy.Â Words truly can’t express how much we appreciate your prayers and love for our family at this sensitive time.”
Donna Summer is one of the most influential performers of the last 40 years.Â But more than just a performer, she was a wonderful personÂ who deeply loved and is now experiencing Jesus face-to-face.
What are your memories of Donna Summer?
Enter your email address here and start receiving future posts from this site.
Download your FREE copy of my new eBook The 2011 Year In Hollywood Movies â€“ Leadership Edition today by clicking here.