Although I did not know Robin Williams personally, it seems to me that he embraced a lot of people on his path who were isolated or cut adrift in some way. We grieve his passing because we connected with his soul through his talent. And even though we were strangers, he helped us gain perspective through his compassion, gentle humor and wit.
Did you ever notice in his films (and tv) that when he wasn’t speaking he would often make eye contact and smile? Those moments for me had great impact in the scene. I always felt that he wasn’t acting in those moments. That was his contribution to the role.
We can circulate the gift that he gave us and maybe help someone think twice about taking their own life.
It’s a very simple thing that anyone can do.
Next time you pass someone, look at them and give a sincere smile. You don’t even have to say anything. Just take the time to acknowledge them. But if you do want to say something, say Hi.
This simple act is powerful. It acknowledges the value of that person’s presence. Seeing each other in this way bonds us. It’s what is behind the greeting Namaste.
You can also stop asking, “How are you?” Most people assume that no one wants to know, so it doesn’t really connect us. Instead, connect through your smile. You don’t need pretty teeth to do it either.
If you want to advance to the next step, start connecting with people who do things that help you but often go unnoticed. For example, acknowledge and thank the lady/man who cleans your bathroom at work, the cashier at the grocery store, or the person who pumps your gas. Tell a mom that she’s doing a great job. Parents often need the encouragement more than the kids. You may even find out that they have kids that are the same age as yours.
Look for something to appreciate in everyone. It can be simple and you don’t have to go to extremes. Just pay attention more.
Everyone who is incarnated is significant. Your acknowledgement may have more impact than you might ever know. You make a difference.
Love and blessings,