Quite frankly I prefer the healthy state, but from time to time we all fall foul of the latest bug or virus doing the rounds. Unfortunately that is the case at the moment and I am writing this in between rather hasty visits to the bathroom.

It has however made me think about how we all differ in our ways of dealing with sickness, injury or incapacity when it befalls us. Not least of all when it is mental rather than physical illness because the vast majority of us do not understand that at all. We have al been reminded of this with the suicide of Robin Williams. That man brought more laughter and lightness into so many people’s lives and yet he fought a continuing battle with depression that finally caused him to take his own life.

This is a man who cared for others and who made a positive change to their lives, yet when it came to his own demons, he could not find enough help or support to save himself. There are so many tales of how he went out of his way to help others. Here is just one.

When Christopher Reeve was in the hospital, awaiting a back surgery that had a fifty/fifty chance of killing him, a man burst into his room. He was wearing surgical scrubs, talking in a Russian accent, and said he was there to give a rectal exam. It was Robin Williams; the two men had been roommates together at Juilliard. Later Reeve said of his life-long friend:

“For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay.”

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From his early series of Mork & Mindy to all the many roles he played he left us with many insights, here are a few that seem relevant.

From The Dead Poets Society – “Boys, you must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all. Thoreau said, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.” Don’t be resigned to that. Break out!”

From “Jack” “Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting. And if you’re ever distressed, cast your eyes to the summer sky when the stars are strung across the velvety night. And when a shooting star streaks through the blackness, turning night into day, make a wish and think of me. Make your life spectacular.

We wish you well Robin Williams