Another celebrity has committed suicide. The world mourns. Everyone posts on Facebook how the suicide hotline number must be promoted. Unfortunately, what really needed to occur was less technology and more personal touch. How easy for everyone to “share” encouraging sayings and inspirational thoughts, but few actually take the time to BE in people’s lives.
I can completely relate with Robin Williams. He was a giver, as I am. We are the people everyone else calls for a “fix.” We listen, encourage, lift up, and in his case especially, make people laugh. We reach out instinctually and just know when people are hurting and need some love. We send cards and travel great distances to show people how important they really are to us. Who reaches out to the givers? Not many, I can attest to that. I’m no celebrity, but the greater the person’s influence, the darker the loneliness can become. I can only imagine, then, how very lonely Robin Williams was, and I hurt for him. He truly did give his heart and soul to the world.
We seem to be a culture of getting sucked into the drama of a tragedy. How about we get ahead of things and be a part of the solution? I am pleased to hear of some people who are actually boycotting social media during family times. Bravo! Unfortunately, too many are still very addicted. They are checking every second, even when they are with a real person. Get help. I’m serious. REAL life is passing you by, and another Robin Williams could be in front of you. Oh, you’ll be sad and post something nice on Facebook, but maybe you could have prevented it by loving them while they were alive. Lift your head up and away from technology for just a moment and ponder that.
There is always more to every story, and Robin Williams is no different. He struggled with drugs, alcohol, and depression. He did try to get help. I just wonder if more people would have been as good a friend to him as he was to others if he wouldn’t have gotten more help and continued on that path. We’ll never know. What we do know is people are around us every day who could use a little love. Don’t be so fixated on your own social media page that you miss the opportunity to be a bright spot. Don’t be so self absorbed that you don’t return messages or reach out to people you call friend. Let’s not be so busy on the treadmill that we miss out on life. May Robin Williams’ death change us!
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