Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
Without a sense of humor, you’re old in a hurry.
— Janice Clark
We’ve all been in the company of constant complainers. They drag down the mood of everyone they encounter. Can we be accused of this demeanor on occasion too?
Maybe it seems impossible to wear a happy face all the time. And it’s not always easy to laugh at ourselves, particularly when we’re feeling anxious and vulnerable. However, becoming willing to see the humor in our many foibles, learning to not take ourselves so seriously is well worth the effort. The lucky ones among us learned this trait many years ago, and we recognize them instantly. We generally love being around them, too. Laughter is good medicine. Whether it’s at ourselves or simply at a situation or a clever movie, laughter lightens our mood, thus lightening whatever burden we might be carrying.
When we were young, most of us had fears about financial instability, war, our children, or our careers. Life does have many serious aspects. But we were never required to handle any of them alone. If we relied on the God of our understanding, all of the burdens were more easily accepted. That gave us time to breathe more easily. Laughter was then more frequent. It can be more frequent now, too. It’s simply a decision to see every circumstance with a lighter heart.
It’s so much more fun to laugh than to complain. It’s my choice today.
You are reading from the book:
Keepers of the Wisdom © 1996 by Karen Casey