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The Light Dimmed

Posted on August 12, 2014 in General Ministry, MMI | 0 comments

Many of you that will read this probably have an opinion of the late Robin Williams.  The man was a true talent and yet spent his entire life dealing with the demons related to addiction and depression.  The unique thing about Robin Williams is that many who deal with these issues cause negativity around them, and yet Robin Williams did an amazing job of shielding his troubles from the public.  His death has really touched me profoundly, maybe because of the work we do at Medical Ministry International and our focus on bringing hope to those that have all but lost hope.  We love life, and Robin Williams was a bright light that brought smiles and laughter to people across all cultures.

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“You don’t know about real loss because it only occurs when you’ve loved something more than you love yourself. I doubt you’ve ever dared to love anybody that much.” – Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), Good Will Hunting

The breadth of work that Robin Williams provided the world is substantial.  He crossed many decades beginning with “Laugh In” and “Mork and Mindy” to “Good Will Hunting” and the “Dead Poets Society”.  Recently, films such as “RV” and “Night at the Museum” have entertained a brand new generation of people.  He was a special talent and one that provided a lot of laughter and entertainment for us all.

The devastation of the loss of Robin Williams is very sad, but with this sadness we hope that the challenges of dealing with depression are being brought to light.  Many people have taken their own lives, only to have others react about how “selfish” they are to have done this to their family and friends.  I know, I used to respond in this manner myself.  What I have come to realize is that depression is a major illness that can be treated and treated well.  It is also an illness that left without treatment can lead to someone not even realizing the impact that suicide will have on those around them.  Their impression is that everyone will be better if they are no longer around.  This could not be further from the truth, but to those with the illness it is a stark reality.

We pray that the loss of Robin Williams will bring a new light to the illness of depression.  Yes, the light dimmed on Monday, but with this devastation can come a positive response.  Look for the signs of depression and reach out and help those that are struggling with it.  We have the ability to address and cure this illness, but only if we can reach them in time.

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” – Patch Adams (Robin Williams), Patch Adams

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