Robin Williams…and us.

“I think certain people can end up neglected because we see them as…successful or accomplished or having their act together…We can see ‘successful’ people in an unfair light. We assume they must be strong, secure, confident, and in need of nothing. But success can bring heavy responsibilities, pressures, and doubts. Successful people can end up in one-way relationships, always giving of themselves and ministering to others, but never being on the receiving end.”

Enough Light

I often don’t comment on current happenings, but the news that Robin Williams died, apparently by suicide, brought some practical thoughts to my mind. What can we learn from this to apply to our own lives?

I once had a post entitled: The Gift of Encouragement. It begins with a challenging quote from William Barclay on our Christian responsibility to encourage others. Truly, a word of praise, thanks, or appreciation can keep someone on their feet. See the post for further thoughts, and links with practical ideas on how to encourage others.

I think certain people can end up neglected because we see them as…successful or accomplished or having their act together. See this post: A neglected command? Rejoice with those who rejoice. We can see “successful” people in an unfair light. We assume they must be strong, secure, confident, and in need of nothing. But success can bring heavy responsibilities…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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3 Responses to Robin Williams…and us.

  1. Laura says:

    Thanks for the re-blog James.

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  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    My pleasure!

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  3. Depression is so hard.

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