The Battle

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“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

Robin Williams was a beloved actor and comedian.  He always seemed to be “up”.  According to those who knew him well, he was one of the kindest people they’d ever met.  I believe that.

When people are fighting tough battles in life, they wear heavy armor.  Sometimes the armor takes the form of comedy, sometimes it means becoming a character that makes the world love us more.

When battling depression, everyone deals with it in different ways.  Most often it is kept hidden, locked in a small chamber of the heart, always away from prying eyes.  But it’s always there and it’s always battling to be king.

Sadly, Robin Williams lost his battle yesterday.  It’s a heartbreaking loss for all who loved and admired him, but it’s an even bigger loss to those who are in battle themselves.  It’s a sober reminder of the seriousness of this insidious disorder.

Be kind to those whom you suspect are in battle, be kind to those whom you think are just fine.  Like the quote says, everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.  We must be sure to always give a hand up and to not pile more weight on the soul of another through inconsiderate words or deeds.

Evan Rachel Wood said it best.  Below a photo of the beloved Genie from Aladdin she wrote these poignant words:  “Genie.  You’re Free.”

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2 thoughts on “The Battle”

  1. He was magical, indeed. I’m so glad it’s not up to me to decide what relationship with God’s grace he had/has. For us, that’s not the point. I mourn the needless loss of a great talent and applaud your words to be kind to all…never knowing what lies beneath the surface that we each present to the world.

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