Knocked out with a bad cold all I could do was lay around in bed for a couple days. Sleeping was priority, but aches and chills sometimes kept me awake just trying to stay as comfortable as possible. What’s great for laying around in bed? A MOVIE!
I popped in one of my favorite movies of all time, Good Will Hunting. There’s a lot about the movie that I love. Casting, storyline, writing, soundtrack selection, it’s all well done. Of the casting I think Robin Williams does an amazing job. As I watched him deliver his award-winning performance, I thought of some of the other movies that I really enjoyed watching him in. His death was a blow to the world of entertainment. What was going on when he decided to take his life? What was he thinking? Just as my thoughts took me there, he entered into this dialogue:
Sean: Do you have a soul mate?
Will: Define that.
Sean: Somebody who challenges you…someone who opens up things for you – touches your soul.
Reading on the life of Robin Williams, he had his personal struggles. Drug addiction and other personal issues. Behind the laughter, there was much more going on. Apparently, after his death they discovered an onset of early dementia that was misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. In the months leading up to his death people around him said he was struggling with depression.
We can only speculate what the exact reason was for his actions. We’ll never know. It does leave me wanting to ask him a question: “Do you have a soul mate, Mr Williams? Somebody who challenges you, someone who opens things up for you, touches your soul?”
It would seem friends were not hard to come by. He had a wife and family. I wonder though, with so many people around him, if he had anyone that really “touched his soul”.
With Christmas around the corner there is this magical feeling that comes through all the festivities. Despite what many believe, the holiday season does not bring more suicides and depression. Perhaps it’s because the Christmas season is like being in a movie. There are friends and family all around us and we are all joyful and friendly. Then the month tick past, decorations come down, back to reality and we might discover, you’re all alone. That discovery can be crushing.
As far as soul mates go, we all have one, Jesus Christ, the creator of our souls. In scripture, He does talk about the importance of true friends.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
This holiday season I wish you festive celebrations with family and friends. I pray that you will know your Soul Mate that was from the beginning of all things. I hope you discover that person or those people that will walk closely by your side throughout the year. That person who challenges you, opens you up and touches your soul. We are all searching for that person, even if we don’t realize it. -jason