We never really know the struggles of others.
Those words resonated deep within my soul this weekend, after hearing about the death of Chadwick Boseman.
How did a global superstar – who portrayed historical icons Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, and the revolutionary King T’Challa (aka Black Panther) – keep such a secret for four years?
How did he continue to film blockbusters while battling colon cancer?
How did he keep focus?
I have no answers to those questions, but his private struggle with the devastating disease could not have been easy. His determination to visit and encourage children fighting cancer while privately fighting the disease himself is awe-inspiring.
What I do know is that sometimes the people with the biggest smiles are struggling the most. What I do know is someone somewhere is going through something.
That is why it pays to be kind, to say a prayer, to share a hug, to be a blessing to someone.
Last night, I traveled (via television) to that fictional country of Wakanda – Black Panther’s home nation — built on Vibranium, a fictional metal known for its extraordinary abilities to absorb, store, and release large amounts of kinetic energy.
Right now, amid all the chaos in our world, we could all use our own personal Vibranium to build a world that is stronger, better, and more just.