Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
You grow up the first day you have the first real laugh – at yourself.
— Ethel Barrymore
Infants chuckle and gurgle and find the world amusing, but apparently they rarely laugh at themselves. Perhaps that’s because they’re still very much the lord and master of their world. Even when they see themselves in the mirror, tots are more likely to find themselves incredible than hilarious.
As we grow wiser we gain a sense of proportion about ourselves and our position in the universe. Just as the earth is not the center of the solar system, so we are just one of billions of people on our planet.
Can we smile at ourselves? Or are we always guarding our dignity or feeling fragile and vulnerable? A sense of humor means the ability to enjoy human foibles, even at our own expense. Having this kind of humor helps us to put others – and especially ourselves in relation to others – in perspective. Perhaps it is only when we’ve had a good laugh at ourselves for our imperfections that we can really begin to gain in stature. By keeping our importance in perspective, we learn to grow.
I can enjoy a good laugh – and will allow myself the freedom of a sense of humor, especially about myself.
You are reading from the book:
Answers in the Heart © 1989 by P. Williamson and S. Kiser