We lost an incredible person yesterday: Robin Williams was an amazing actor, comedian, and person and was beloved by millions of people. But for him, the sadness was too much. I’m not going to write a contemplation on Williams’ life (though I could expound on all the movies he made that I grew up watching and how amazing he was); in fact, I’m not 100% sure what I’m writing about in this post. I guess it can tie in to what I wrote about two weeks ago: talk about your problems, joys, issues, sadness, happiness. And how we probably don’t really know the person who sits next to us every day in work or in class. Sometimes I remind myself to just smile, even when I’m walking down the street and it’s hot and I’m stressed, because maybe that smile will keep someone hoping. I don’t want to make it seem as though my very presence passing by can change a person’s outlook, but maybe a small smile or the act of holding the door for someone will give a person hope that there is genuine kindness in the world.

With all the violence and illness in the world today, and the fact that we hear about it constantly on the news and social media, I think it can be difficult to step back and take a look at our own lives. Heidi posted last week about remembering what’s important to you, and I think that is so important right now for everybody: millennials, retirees, young students. Maybe I can’t stop the violence happening in an entire nation, but I can go home at night and hug my dogs and spend time with my family. This makes my circle of family and friends more peaceful and happy for myself and others, and that’s what’s important to me.

I don’t exactly have a coherent thread going through this message, but I wanted to say something after hearing about the loss of such a wonderful man. It made me think about big and little things and how I deal with them in my own life. Be kind to each other; maybe that’s what I’m trying to say today.