I have been watching the news of Robin Williams’ death unfold via social media over the last week and I’ve been reading a LOT of different takes on the travesty of a life lost. Obviously there are always people who make ridiculously cruel and ignorant comments when things like this happen, but there have been a lot of positive stories floating around about the amazing things that Robin Williams did and how much of an impact those things had on other people. It’s nice to see those stories…the stories about the man…I can’t help but ask
Why is it that we always wait until something like this happens to start the dialogue about the wonderful things that a person has done.
Why do we criticize and scrutinize and judge until the person is no longer with us and THEN share such stories of generosity and love…stories about the joy brought to others.
Why is it so hard to be so encouraging during the LIFE of a person.
I can’t help but wonder if all of these stories came to light while Robin Williams was alive, what kind of impact that might have had on HIS life. How easy it is for us to be bogged down with negativity; to overwhelm ourselves with feelings of hopelessness, futility, and lack of purpose. I’m not negating the web of mental illness and spiritual attack that obviously played a role in this and many other situations, BUT…
What would the world look like if we stopped with the negative talk and started telling people about the good they have done; the impact that they have made in our lives. Stop comparing and criticizing and judging; instead, go out of your way to share the GOOD!
We all have people in our lives who have made a difference. People who have brought joy. People who have done something that seems so small but these things have made a lasting impact.
So here is the challenge. TELL THEM. Don’t wait until it is too late. Don’t let a person feel inconsequential when the influence they have had in your life is substantial.
Imagine what a different world we would live in if we all went out of our way to constantly encourage one another and to thank people for the things they have done that have made a difference in our lives.
I wonder if Robin Williams knew that all of those times he made phone calls or stopped by a cafe table and offered a laugh had such a lasting and significant impact on people…I wonder if the people who have made a difference in my life know that….what about yours?