Robin Williams And The Game
For the majority of Robin Williams' life, he experienced success upon success but eventually a downturn came. He had several divorces over the years and recently came to the point of having to take work that he was not thrilled about in an attempt to pay the bills. To most people the concept of taking work that they are not thrilled about to pay the bills is the story of their life.
In this aspect of the Robin Williams story, I think we can find an important lesson. The order of nature and the universe is cyclical. The sun rises and sets, we are born and die, we plant and harvest, we breathe in and we breathe out, waves have troughs and crests.
Most people's lives follow a similar pattern. Society at large tends to call these failures and successes. The tendency is to call the troughs failures and the crests successes. But how can you have a crest without a trough? It is not possible, they are dependent in relative aspect on one another.
The only thing that is constant is change. Yet, we cling tightly to the successes and detest the failures. We are prideful on the ascent and despondent on the descent. When we consider this as an abstract concept it seems rather silly that we would take either so terribly seriously because we can't have one without the reference point of the other and we really can't predict the timing.
Society praises the crests and
criticizes the troughs. Understanding this is essential to playing
the game called life. The result of this one-sided societal pressure
is beneficial to the advance of civilization, as it encourages
organization, invention, ingenuity and diligence. However, if one
loses sight of the big picture due to being overly absorbed in the
game of life, the fear of descending into a trough can appear too
costly to bear. It is possible that this was the case with Robin
Williams. --Larry Trefz
The Present Moment
The concepts of time and space are tools that the human brain uses to organize the universe into something that is understandable. Time and space have made it possible for us to conceptualize material things but the true nature of reality is deeper than that.
There is a place where pure spirit is to be found. This place can be accessed by any person. This place is the present moment, free from past regrets and future worries. By dwelling fully in the present moment and stilling the mind from wandering into the past or the future, a place is found that is completely free from pain, physical or psychological. Pain can only be experienced when we allow a mental bridge from the past to the future across the present moment. Lift the twin drawbridge, the one side leading to the past and the other to the future, in the space between the calm of spirit lies unperturbed.