Today August 11, 2015, was the 1-year anniversary of Robin Williams’ death. I thought of him several times throughout the day with sadness, but each time tried to turn the sadness and grief to thanksgiving for having known such a man as he. One year ago, we were all in shock about the death and apparent suicide of him and no one knew just how to handle it or what to say. He was such a great actor and comedian and there were few who weren’t touched by him.
Tonight, as 12 mn approaches, I honor his memory with gratitude for what he was to me and many baby boomers. There are no fancy picture quotes but I will post images of Robin Williams instead, along with the quote that I have chosen.
The quote I chose is:
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded” #Emerson You succeeded RW #RobinWilliam” ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson~~
[as quoted page 163 of “Wolves in the Church” by Adebola T. Odukoya]
These are my lessons in gratitude for a great actor and comedian. Robin Williams taught me a lot about life. He and I were born in the same year, 1951 to begin with. Another baby boomer. As a young adult, I first remember being introduced to his acting when he was on television starring in “Mork and Mindy.” This was a typical sitcom of that time (1978-1982) about Mork (Robin) was an alien who came to Earth in a large egg-shaped space ship from the planet, Ork, and met Mindy (Pam Dawber), a college student who he lives with. The antics of Robin Williams comedy are priceless and if you have never seen a rerun, I suggest you watch some. Speak of an attitude of gratitude. I feel nothing but gratitude for his acting ability in that sitcom.
Then, after having my daughter, I remember taking her to the movie to see “Aladdin” (1992). Robin did a wonderful job both with his comedy and his talent in that film. Aladdin was an animated Disney film based on the folktale of Aladdin and the magic lamp. Robin Williams played the Genie in the lamp and was hysterical in the role. Adults, as well as children, loved him in that movie.
Another great acting job was done by Williams in “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993) where he plays a voice actor who quits his job at an animation studio. He overhears that his wife, who has custody of his children, is trying to hire a nanny and poses as Mrs. Doubtfire so that he can spend more time with his children. The comedy and ability to play the role of Mrs. Doubtfire brought me to tears laughing. Again, this was when I was in the midst of depression and therapy for my childhood abuse.
Next for me was the film “The Birdcage” in 1996. Robin Williams was classic in remake of the French farce “La Cage aux Folles,” when Val’s father, Armand, a gay Miami drag club owner. Armand pretends to be straight and attempts to hide his relationship with Albert (Nathan Lane) his life partner when he meets the future in-laws for his engaged son, Val. This film has been on TV quite a bit so you may have seen it. The laughter that lightened my days and my depression were phenomenal.
These four that I have mentioned are just a few of the many movies that Robin Williams did prior to his death last year. The world lost a great man and a great comedian on August 11, 2014. Some of Robin’s own quotes, courtesy of Brainy Quotes, are:
“Comedy is acting out optimism.”
“The ‘Aladdin’ thing – that’s not work; that’s just having fun. Three days in the recording studio going mad, then the animators do all the work. Not a bad way to cash a large check, my friend.”
“I met Nelson Mandela, and I really didn’t know what to say. It was years ago at a benefit. I was just in awe of this man because of what he’d done.”
I close with a YouTube video of Robin Williams in Aladdin and my gratitude list.
- My gratitude for Robin Williams, the actor and comedian.
- That even in my depression and sad times, I was able to find laughter.moved by
- My ability to be moved emotionally by my feelings of sorrow and joy.
- That my H.P. (God) gave such a gift to the world through Robin Williams comedy and acting.
- The comfort that family and friends of Robin Williams are feeling right now from God.
- That Robin Williams is at peace with my H.P. (God).
Are you able to feel gratitude for anyone special to you?
Goodnight. I wish you laughter…