It was a tragic, ironic twist of fate in learning that Marie Osmond's 18-year-old son Michael Blosil had committed suicide, just after I campaigned here for "Donny & Marie's" return to ABC for a new Friday night variety show.
What made matters worse, of course, is that this very sad event transpired only days after "Star Trek" actor Walter Koenig and his wife learned that their son, Andrew, at only 41-years-old, had also killed himself.
The reason for both tragedies?
Depression, exacerbated by the not-so-always-bright Hollywood spotlight.
Both Michael and Andrew had become victims of a negative, addictive philosophy that is all too-prevelant in today's award-infested entertainment industry, and in the world, in general:
Let's call it the "You're-not-good-enough-unless-I-tell-you-so" disease.
Like so many people today of all ages, in and out of show business, Michael and Andrew's self-worth seemed to be caught in a vicious co-dependency with how others viewed their life and work.
Michael and Andrew seemingly had everything going for them, and yet, when depressed, they found little comfort in the world around them. And they lacked the ability to comfort themselves in that world - a world that once included performing in a hit TV show (Andrew in the long-gone 1990s sitcom, "Growing Pains") - and being the product of a once happy, now defunct marriage (Michael, as her mother Marie Osmond divorced his father).
Please, let's find the inner-ability to remain strong, while the world around us becomes weak.
Let's stop worrying so much about what other people think. And instead, as actress Marlo Thomas once so wonderfully relayed in her classic 1970s TV special of the same name, let's be "Free To Be You And Me."
And let's become conscious and mindful enough to sincerely offer loving-kindness, support and encouragement to one another - and ourselves - as much as possible - without there being anything it in for us, or earning the "acceptance" of others...Oscar or no Oscar...job or no job...happy family or no happy family.
On one particular "down" day, your loving-kind words may be just the thing that saves your own or someone else's life.