You Know That Thing That Makes You Love That Person? Tell Them.

God I’m so sad about Robin Williams. I seriously feel like a friend died. He was such a talented entertainer, and seemed like a genuinely sweet guy. But his death got me thinking: when someone dies, people come out with these beautiful tributes to the person. There are so many articles celebrating Robin’s work. All of the people who knew and loved him are releasing statements about what a great person he was and expressing their love for him.

It’s important to celebrate someone’s life after they die, of course, but we also can’t forget to verbalize and vocalize these thoughts while the person is still around. It’s easy to get so caught up in the chaos of daily life that it takes something monumental like a death to truly show your appreciation and respect for someone. But it shouldn’t be that way.

Wouldn’t it be better if we made a conscious effort to give someone special an unexpected compliment? To tell them what makes them great? It could be in a text message, an e-mail, a phone call, even a handwritten note. Just a little something from your brain to theirs, reminding them why they matter to you.

The world can feel lonely sometimes. People who seem happy may be dealing with feelings that are the exact opposite of happy, as we’ve seen with the death of Robin Williams, unfortunately. Adding a little brightness to someone’s day can make a major difference.

Just something I was thinking about…

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