To the man who made us laugh all these years…You will be missed.
I may have been very young then, but I remember watching Mork and Mindy with my mom and dad and my siblings and laughing with them—memories that will stay with me forever, thanks to a comic genius.
I’ve always thought that the hardest question to answer is “Are you happy?” People often pause and think hard when you ask them this. You can follow up this question with, “When was the last time you were really happy?” This one gets them thinking even more.
Think about it. Are you happy? When was the last time you were really happy?
There are people we know who often smile and joke around a lot and laugh their hearts out when you see them, but it doesn’t always mean they’re happy. If you take the time to look into their eyes when the laughter has faded, you may see sadness and loneliness behind the smiles. They may try to hide behind the laughter because they don’t want anyone to see their pain, but if you look, and look really hard, you may be able to save someone’s life.
Robin Williams died after an apparent suicide. There are people out there, maybe in our families, or in our circle of friends, who are in need of a smile—a hug—a hand to hold—a conversation. Instead of asking for help, they slowly drown inside their sorrows. We must take the time to see them, listen to them, reach out to them, and spend time with them, because they may never reach out to us.
If you need help, please ask for help and tell someone. And if you see someone in need—help them.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. If you lose that, you’re nothing.” – Robin Williams