Much will be said about Robin Williams in the coming days. He was an amazingly talented man in so many ways. Yet he straggled to manage his self confessed greatest weakness, and depression seems to have claimed his life.
We are all like Robin in that we all have weaknesses. Our weaknesses can control our lives if we let them. Fortunately, for most of us our weaknesses will not claim our life.
Our weaknesses range from small irritants to some of life’s most challenging aspects. You may or may not know but Robin was dyslexic. A weakness we both have had to manage.
My two cents. Weaknesses in our lives are as much a part of us as our natural talents and strengths. We can spend a lifetime trying to fix what we think is broken about ourselves or we can learn to manage them.
Managing those weakness often takes constant work, and the work is never done. I will never fix my dyslexia but I have learned how to manage it. The greatest part of managing my weakness is having a support system. I have people I can rely on to help me do the most difficult tasks that are part of being dyslexic, like editing my written work. Remember, this is an unedited blog by a dyslexic.
If we fail to develop a support system or tap into that system when we need it most, we are destined to make unnecessary mistakes even tragic ones. Allow those around you to shore you up on your leaning sides, to steady you in times of need. Ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness. It is one of the smartest moves you can make to secure your success today, tomorrow and in the future.
Blessing upon those closest to Robin as the grieve his loss.