Thursday, June 23, 2011

Day 174, June 23

"When life hands you lemons, stuff them in your bra." This is one of my favorite Maxine quotes. Maxine has a way of hitting upon the perfect advice, always mixed with a healthy dose of humor.
Humor keeps things in perspective. I relied on it to get me through those dreary days in May when the sun refused to come out and my soul desperately needed the light. When I laugh, I remember that life is good, despite temporary bleak spells and dismal skies

Do you know someone who is devoid of humor? Is that person pleasant to be around? I'm guessing not. Finding even a speck of humor in a bleak situation requires that you look at life in a slightly skewed way. Just as Maxine turned a familiar saying upon its head, so must we view life. Do what works for you: stand on your head or turn the circumstances upside down. The important thing is that you find a different way of looking at things.

Studies of children reveal that they laugh many more times a day than do adults. What happened to us along the way in growing up? Did life suck the ability to laugh, the ability to see the funny side of things right out of us?

When my sister calls (we talk nearly every day), I frequently answer the phone as though I'm the voice mail of some peculiar business. A few times I have fooled her. On one occasion, my son Hyrum called up pretending to be a fund-raiser for a political party (not mine). He caught me by surprise, and I hung up on him. A moment later, he called back and explained. We enjoyed a good laugh together--at my expense.

Being able to laugh at yourself is a great pick-me-up. and stress-buster. I do so many goofy things (like backing into the garage door) that I have to laugh at myself or cry. I choose laughter.
So, for today, I am grateful for laughter.

1 comment:

  1. I love that. We all need to be able to look at things in our life and laugh. I just posted about a funny bird that hangs out at our birdfeeder.You just reminded me to keep looking at things to laugh about today. Thanks