What We Can Learn from Robin Williams

Normally, I don’t address recent tragedies that happen around us. For the most part I assume you come here to feel a bit lighter, more inspired, and a bit of an escape from that kind of thing. But I feel the collective sadness all around me after hearing the tragic news of Robin Williams suicide and I am finding it hard not to talk about it. I think if you know someone who has suffered with depression or you yourself suffer from depression your heart has broken a little more this week.

What most inspired me to write this was a negative Facebook post about Robin Williams. Unfortunately some are not educated on the disease of depression and for the most part no one sees what goes on in the dark shadows behind closed doors.

I don’t presume to know what troubled him but from what I have witnessed this week I can see that Robin Williams was a genuinely kind and sensitive man. His wife Susan Schneider said: “Robin spent so much of his life helping others, whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child – Robin wanted us to laugh and feel less afraid.” Schneider also said: “His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly those fighting personal battles”. As reported in the NY Daily News.

th9ZINJSJ9I feel if we are to learn anything from this amazing genius Robin Williams it is that we really never know if someone might be suffering, or from what. So it’s the perfect reminder to take a moment before judging, or acting unkindly, or being petty towards others, and just think about that. Think about those around you and remember that words and actions, or the lack of, can really have an adverse affect. Try to make those words and actions thoughtful and kind, not just to those you love but in your community. Simple acts of love and kindness can do more than you know.

8408285706_715d01521d_zRobin Williams said: “ I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel alone.” Perhaps today we can reach out to make others feel a little less alone.