We Can Hide, or We Can Heal
All it takes is a beautiful fake smile to hide an injured soul, and they
will never notice how broken you really are.”
Two years ago today, beloved comedian Robin Williams committed suicide. A lot remains unknown about his motives, and about his mental and physical health at the time. What we do know is that he was hurting, and he was hiding.
There are few true either/ors in life. Most of our choices are not that clear cut, with context playing a huge role in determining what to do next. One choice, however, is this:
We can hide, or we can heal.
The worst thing we can do, when we’re hurting in any way, is work to hide that pain from others. This keeps us trapped in our pain, and in our limited resources—far from the assistance we really need. Now, does this mean we should broadcast our struggles all over our social media megaphones? God forbid. It just means we should always be on the lookout for the right people to invite into our private worlds, and share our pressing concerns.
Peace begins with pause,