I have to tell you, the passing of Robin Williams is affecting me in a strange way today. I am reading all of the outpouring of emotion on social media, hearing all of the stories, and I am mourning the loss, like I would the a loss of a loved one. His comedy and tv/movie roles were special.
'Good Morning Vietnam' is the reason I decided to go into radio. Now, our on-air styles are totally different. I knew that I would never be able to deliver material like he did in that movie. But through that movie, I saw how radio could truly touch people. I was moved by the connection that his character developed with his listeners, listeners that he never met.
I guess one never really knows what is going on behind closed doors. I have never had to deal with the grip of depression. However, my best friend has felt it’s grip. There have been many moments that I have had to talk him through his severe down moments with this disease. My friend tells me that, depression can make you feel that you are all alone. You are not alone!
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If only Robin Williams would have picked up that phone we still might have years of laughter with him.
The Clown's Prayer is a poem or prayer that comedians of various sorts use for inspiration.
As I stumble through this life,
Help me to create more laughter than tears,
Dispense more cheer than gloom,
Spread more cheer than despair.
Never let me become so indifferent,
That I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child,
Or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.
Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people,
Make them happy, and forget momentarily,
All the unpleasantness in their lives.
And in my final moment,
May I hear You whisper:
"When you made My people smile,
You made Me smile."
Whichever God you pray to, rest easy knowing that He is laughing now that Robin Williams is there.