Robin… You Taught Us That

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6a00e5502775dc88340120a67e4886970c-800wiThe universe is an amazing place… Mork taught us that… it’s wacky and wild, sensitive and sweet.  He taught us that the cosmos isn’t something we need to be afraid of, and that no one is a stranger if you’ll only stick out your hand with a warm greeting of “Nanoo, Nanoo”.

Bullies are something we don’t need to fear… Popeye taught us that… when the big and loud seem to push their way through life, the world is watching and waiting for an everyday hero to be “strong to the finish”… and even a Popeyed sailor with bloated forearms can get beat the bully and get the girl.

War is ugly, but the soul can be a greater victim than the body… Adrian Cronauer taught us that… he showed us that even when others face racism & their own mortality, the gift of encouragement, wrapped in an explosive “Good Morning WHEREVER” helps us realize that there truly is good in each morning.

Life is a vapor, we’re here and oh too quickly we’re gone… John Keating taught us that…  and if staring at the young faces in black and white pictures doesn’t cause your ears to hear the faint whispers of “Seize the Day, boys!” like it did for the Dead Poet’s Society, then it may be the verse you write in the powerful plarobin-williamsy is pale, empty or left out altogether.

Dreams only die if we let them, and wishes come true when we hold on tightly to them… Peter Pan & Aladdin’s Genie both taught us that… they showed us when we worry that the dream is either to far away, or to big to imagine, it’s then we should remember we were born to fly.

And what can we say of the others???

Jack taught us that people come in all ages and sizes, but friendship only has one color- true blue…

Alan Parrish & Sean Maguire taught us that the fears of our past have no place in our present, and we choose our new and best adventures when we leave hurts and insecurities where they belong… in the past…

Patch Adams & Andrew the “Bicentennial Man” challenged us that greatest pursuit of this life is not achievement of status, but the passionate pursuit of our humanity…

Even Seymour “Sy” Parrish in “One Hour Photo” had something to teach us…  His story paints a picture of life spent jealously desiring what others might have.  The true message is that such a life is no life at all, and whether it’s a hamster in a cage, or a man self-imprisoned in a miserable life, both are prisoners to an empty existence.

Robin, you taught us so much… we’re wounded that one who brought laughter to our souls could not find that same joy for his own.  It’s ironic that in one of his lesser known movies, “What Dreams May Come”, that Heaven is the after life is constructed by the mind and heart of the individual experiencing it.  It seems that Hell may have fit the same description here on Earth for this amazingly funny yet tragic man.

I leave you with a quote from Patch Adams… “All of life is a coming home. Salesmen, secretaries, coal miners, beekeepers, sword swallowers, all of us. All the restless hearts of the world, all trying to find a way home. It’s hard to describe what I felt like then. Picture yourself walking for days in the driving snow; you don’t even know you’re walking in circles. The heaviness of your legs in the drifts, your shouts disappearing into the wind. How small you can feel, and how far away home can be. Home. The dictionary defines it as both a place of origin and a goal or destination. And the storm? The storm was all in my mind. Or as the poet Dante put it: In the middle of the journey of my life, I found myself in a dark wood, for I had lost the right path. Eventually I would find the right path, but in the most unlikely place.”

What life lesson did Robin Williams or one of his characters teach you?



Shower Time Is The Right Time

Posted on is it that some of my best, most creative ideas come while I’m in the shower?  I don’t have my computer, iPad or a notepad handy to write it down.  So with soap in my eyes a stumble out of the shower to the counter where my phone sits and dictate a quick thought or note.  Back in the shower again my mind is racing and all kinds of good stuff is running through my brain (and it’s not the shampoo!).  But why?  More precisely, why THERE?  I’m sure there are some deep psychological reasons for it, but here’s my take.

  • I’m Relaxed-  My shower is not only a place where the dirt comes off, but the stress as well.  Sore muscles invigorated, the cleansing power of the steam and water… The weight of my business decisions, deadlines, appointments and finances washes off and down the drain, if only for a few moments;
  • I’m Comfortable- I love a hot shower.  The water feels and sounds refreshing, the smells of the soap and shampoo are pleasant, and in my “au natural” state, there is not a belt pinching my waistline or a need for any kind of pretentiousness that comes with being in the company of others.
  • I’m Free- The shower is one of those places where you give yourself permission to just veg out.  Let your mind wander.  Dream.  It’s amazing when it happens- when suddenly from those mental wanderings and dreaming come  a flash, an idea, a new vision!

Can I offer you a suggestion that I’ve recently made to myself?  Be selfish, and be purposeful in setting aside time to just RELAX, get COMFORTABLE, and let yourself BE FREE.  Is the shower the best place to let that happen?  Maybe.  It could be that you make a date with your “creativity” on Tuesday mornings from 6 to 8 AM, in your sweats and T-shirt, with coffee on your back porch. This might be the best place where you can get alone, get relaxed, comfortable and free enough to dream.  For you it could be heading out of the house on Saturday afternoons wearing your favorite pair of jeans and a hoodie, where you end up exploring a library or bookstore.  Night owls, it might mean curling up on the couch at midnight, surrounded with munchies and some jazz playing in the background might… that just might be your spot and time.  Just do it.

Creativity- it’s inside you, waiting to come out!  Make it happen!  Release yourself to be creative, and to open your mind, heart and spirit up to the wonder that is YOU.  I’m done for now, take care… it’s time for me to go take a shower.