Life is but a minute.
When I heard the news late yesterday afternoon about the death of actor and humorist Robin Williams, I was as surprised as most people. My first thought was that the world has lost another great and inspiring personality, and I prayed that his family would be comforted during this time of grief and acceptance.
I was also surprised when the report went on to say it was an "apparent suicide".
The news of any suicide surprises me, because I always wonder what pushed someone over the edge to take their own life.
It was reported that he battled with depression many times during his life. Only he and God would know when the last time would be the last. Not surprisingly, his wife issued an encouraging statement to the public:
“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken,” said Williams's wife, Susan Schneider. “On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”
The news of any loss, be it family, friend or well-known person, always causes me to reflect on a poem I have used many times to remind people just how precious and short life can be, and that none of us know when our time will come or how.
"Life is just a minute, only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can't refuse it. Didn't seek it, didn't choose it.
But it's up to me to use it.
I must suffer if I lose it, give an account if I abuse it.
Just a tiny little minute, but eternity is in it." - Anonymous
These words are also a reminder that ... “This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” - Psalms 118:24
Thank you Robin for those countless moments of joy and laughter!