Doing the Dash


I’ve read with interest all the blogs, tributes, self-righteous judgements, and news articles about Robin Williams and his passing. Many emotions have played on my life’s strings, the two strongest are disgust and profound sadness.

I feel disgust for those who think they know Robin’s final destination. AS if they had received an email from God. Like they had somehow gotten the gift of reading hearts and minds. When I read these condemning and judgmental blogs I am reminded of Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. While the Pharisee prayed, “God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.” The other man was honest before God. He was broken and he knew it. 

When will we stop it? When will we take a hard look at the mirror and judge ourselves? Abba knows, that alone will take us a lifetime. There won’t be any time left to judge others. Jesus Christ gave us two commandments: to love God and to love others as ourselves. That’s it! I have a word to all who believe in the God of Jesus Christ: HE is the one who makes the final call.

I also feel sad and loss every time I see Robin William’s face on my television screen or his beautiful blue eyes staring at me from magazine covers. I’ve never met him, nor did I ever expect to. But what I did expect was that he’d always be around. And I had no idea how he suffered. How many people do I take for granted like that? How oblivious am I to those who are suffering? These thoughts sober me.

One thing I’ve realized, Robin did a lot with his dash—life between his birth and death dates. Even in his pain, he brought laughter and compassion. He used his talents to encourage our troops and those who suffered debilitating illnesses. From the testimony of others I’ve learned he did his dash with love and humility.  It isn’t easy to do what he did for others while being tormented himself. This gives me pause. This makes me want to make my dash count for others even when life isn’t convenient or fair. 

Thank you Robin Williams. Your life truly made a difference to many. I pray mine will do the same. 




4 thoughts on “Doing the Dash

  1. Thank you, Linda, for taking the time to address
    this sad situation. Your words and thoughts are heartfelt and profound. Your life had made a difference in mine..I read your book “Inspire” and continue to pick it up when I need it in my quest to be a writer 🙂

    1. Thank you Julie! I will be glad to help you in anyway I can in your quest! I have a new book on writing out now titled Writing Life. It will be on Kindle soon and I’m sure Amazon will make it a great deal. I’ll announce it on FB if they offer free downloads. 🙂

  2. Beautifully said, Linda. You are so eloquent in your words of wisdom. Your dash will always be remembered, because you are someone who judges not and you inspire us all. Thanks for being you.

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