One of the funniest people the world has ever known, is now gone at the age of 63. The world paused while listening to an announcement of the death of Robin Williams, announced on Monday, August 11th, 2014.
Throughout Williams’ 40-year career, his personal life was marked by extreme swings from cocaine-induced hallucinations to severe depression.
NBC News said he was clean and successful for two decades — the longest stretch of his career. That was during a time when all of his Academy Award nominations came: The 1997 Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dr. Sean Maguire in “Good Will Hunting,” and picked up Best Actor nominations for “Good Morning, Vietnam,” in 1987, for “Dead Poets Society” in 1989, and for “The Fisher King” in 1991.
In 2010, Williams told fellow comedian, Marc Maron, “I had 20 years sober before I relapsed.”
This news stirred a number of emotions for me as well.
I have great empathy for Robin William’s 3rd wife, Susan Schneider. Its never easy loving someone who is laughing and telling jokes on the outside, yet inside they live in darkness and emotional turmoil. Millions of people experience it, yet very few know how to shift it.
Feelings are a language all their own, and they begin in the heart. What you feel inside your heart will eventually come out of your mouth, which is what controls your external circumstances, according to God.
This is why its important to know how you feel, so that emotions can change. Emotions can shift – but only with a willingness to take on a different perspective. They’ll not change by stubbornly insisting you keep doing what you’re doing while getting the same results day-after-day.
One of the greatest shifts to be made is creating a deep sense of gratitude. This takes daily practice; to make owning a grateful heart a habit that becomes a true inner feeling. This is the shift.
If you’re not filled with joy on a regular basis, then it might be time to consider a shift. Stop blaming external circumstances, or other people, and know that its a choice. You can begin by creating a list of what you are grateful for and read it out loud several times a day. As you speak it, feel it from your heart. Within days your brain will begin to acknowledge and believe it, and this is where internal joy begins.
There is also a list of 7 things you can do right now to stay out of depression and bring joy back into your life. (Begin by getting my eGuide called, Leaders Connect, just look to the green box to the right) Creating better health emotionally, mentally, physically, spiritually and financially brings abundance.
Robin’s life and laughter will be greatly missed, but I believe his true legacy is the important reminder that external happiness isn’t the same as internal joy. If you can be open to shifting all dark feelings with the daily practice of gratitude, you can open up a whole new level of love.
I pray for the Williams family who are grieving today, and I pray for all of us that we can choose to say, ‘let daily gratitude begin with me’.