When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example. Brian Lord.org (via wonderwoundedhearers)
Some days are better than others and today was a rough one. I miss you more than words can describe. All this talk about the passing of Robin Williams has reminded me of how much I miss you.
Your laugh…Your smile….lil bro you were truly one of a kind. This heartache is the worst pain I’ve ever been through. I’m sorry I wasn’t a better brother. You’ve taught me to have a good heart and to always put others first. You also taught me to be kind to others because you never know what personal battles they are fighting. Love you more than life itself and I hope you’re doing well up there
Fun little trick I learned in therapy: validation. When someone is upset, don’t try to fix the problem, point out the cause, or tell them it could be worse. Just validate their emotions. Be like, ‘shit yeah man, that sucks. I’m sorry you’re going through that. I’m here for you.’ That’s literally all you have to do to make them feel better. Thank you and goodnight.