My friend just recently told me he’s learned to find laughter in the oddest places – and I was thinking, “yup – that’s what I do too” It seems the more subtle and weird – the funnier it is – the quirkier the better!
My son’s basketball coach is no exception to this. He’s a mixture of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Eddie Murphy – just CRACKS ME UP!! Every game is complete with it’s own set of sideline drama -and I am HIGHLY amused more by this than in the actual watching of the game.
The other night – there was a coach from the rival team that was highly “colorful” too – so it was doubly amusing. I mean – come on! It’s great comedy – who needs TV?
I’m also amused by life in general and in the way people choose to respond to things – especially in public. And Junior High kids – don’t even get me started! I love that age because they are so “out there” and the more “out there” they are – the more they make me laugh. Even doing “warm ups” as we often do for theater class will set me into fits of giggles! And just forget it – when they say or do something funny in class or on stage (we are in the middle of theater rehearsals this week and next for “Ella Enchanted”) I am completely “undone”. No one can make me laugh like a junior high kid!
I believe you have to laugh. It beats the alternative – and believe me – I’ve been there. Crying is good too – helps to release pent up emotion and sometimes it is very healing for the hurting heart – but laughter – that’s something else indeed. And when you can truly laugh at the absurd and ridiculous – then my friend, you have found a path to healing and wholeness that many do not ever find.
I believe you have to learn to laugh at yourself. It is a positive thing not to take yourself too seriously. Whenever I have a family member or friend that is being too serious or melancholy about something – I will alway do something to make them smile or even better – laugh! So good – so great of a release. We need more people in our lives to help us laugh. Life has its own set of problems without borrowing more. Laughing at ourselves helps to put things into proper perspective – and makes us look at our world with fresh eyes.
Find some laughter today. If you are not good at laughing at yourself – or in finding laughter in something completely random – enlist the help of a good friend who can help you. I have many friends that I daily laugh with – it helps to ease the tension and can create many “bonding” moments for us. Find joy and light heartedness in the things around you – the simple pleasures of a good joke – an amusing antidote with a kind and generous “fun” friend.
Keep a smile on your face and laughter in your heart ♥
Thank you Tim – for this idea for my blog today ♥