Robin Williams: The Ultimate Humor Being
Today I am truly saddened by the death of Robin Williams; a fellow comedian, friend and the Ultimate Humor Being. Robin has always given us a reason to laugh. Now we all have a reason to cry. Let us always remember the Laughter
In my view today more than ever we all need ways to reduce the tension, the fast pace and the chaos that we are subjected to everyday at work and in life. I honestly believe (as I know Robin did) that our ability to shift our perspective and laugh in the face of adversity and fear is crucial in order for us to survive the insanity. I’m not suggesting, I’m telling you…We have to take time out of each day and LAUGH. It is truly the best gift you could ever give to yourself.
Let us not focus on how Robin Williams died, but let us always remember how he lived and the wonderful gift he gave to us all, on and off the stage.
Please read the following story. I believe it reflects, in part, the philosophy that Robin Williams embraced throughout his life.
Years ago, I attended the wake and funeral services of a friend and fellow comedian who was killed in a car crash. He was loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. I have been to many wakes, viewings, funeral services and memorials throughout the course of my life, but there was something special about this one in particular. An awareness came over me that caused me to view the losses in my life from a different perspective.
When the funeral service was over, a group of us met at a relative’s house. As you can imagine, people were wiping away tears and consoling one another. Some were understandably having difficulty accepting the unfair twist of fate that life had thrust upon him.
From across the room, I overheard someone telling a familiar story about my friend when he was in high school. I noticed that a few people were laughing. Then someone else joined in on the conversation and offered an anecdote about the departed’s affinity for football. Before long, everyone in the room was laughing and reminiscing about the good times they had. In the midst of all the laughter, I felt a strange, uplifting feeling come over me. This feeling can best be described as a smile from within.
I realized I was no longer grieving over my friend. My energy immediately shifted and I was temporarily delivered from my pain. At that moment I believe we all felt a special connection to him. In fact, his wife said, “You know I miss him and always will, but right now, I feel like a part of him is with us and always will be.” Then she paused and said, “It’s as if he’s saying to all of us, its okay. I’m okay. Everything is as it should be and I will always be with you.”
At that given moment my friend’s death was not the point of focus. The only thing that mattered was the powerful feeling we were all experiencing. We were celebrating and embracing the spirit of our love for him. It was our ability to laugh and reminisce about the good times that ignited that powerful sense of spirit.
In such a short time, our Humor Beings took us from a place of pain and uncertainty to a place of acceptance and peace. Laughter made us realize that, throughout our journey there really are no goodbyes, only good memories. The spirit moves on, and we all move on, in turn, in life.
We all felt the smile from within that day. I believe (As I believe Robin believed) that laughter derives from the spirit. It has a magical way of breaking down barriers and constantly reminds us that somehow we are all connected and never alone in time of grief.
Robin Williams intuitively knew that finding the laughter in between and even during the tough times was essential to living a happier life. That’s why he gave the gift so freely. Once again; Let us not focus on how Robin Williams died, but let us always remember how he lived and the wonderful gift he gave to us all, on and off the stage. Robin my friend…You are truly the Ultimate Humor Being.