Living a Little, Laughing A Lot
August 22, 2012
“A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.” ~Henry Ward Beecher
How are you doing in the humor department? Do you take life too seriously or are you someone who can find humor in even sometimes difficult situations?
I attended a Women’s Small Business Owner conference a couple of weeks ago in Keystone, Colorado. It was a good conference with a lot of helpful information imparted to those who were there. My favorite part of the conference, however, was the keynote speaker during lunch. She is a comedian and an extremely funny one at that! Her name is Karyn Ruth White.
Karyn was so funny that I found myself shaking with laughter and tears streaming down my face. I don’t think there was a person in the audience who wasn’t doing the same. And what I noticed, what I was keenly aware of, was the increased energy within myself and in the room as a result of all the laughter that she fostered with her humor.
This got me to wondering about the truth of laughter as a powerful spiritual tool. I have been told by a couple of my teachers that laughter and play bring joy to the universe, to the Source of all that is. That makes so much sense to me in a world that sometimes seems to make no sense. Play is necessary for spiritual growth. And it is necessary to fulfill our life purpose here on Earth, which is to bring our light and love into the world.
After feeling the shift in energy in that room that day all because of humor, I started paying attention to how I view things in my own life. I realized after some close observation that I have a tendency to sometimes take myself and others way too seriously. I then noticed how my energy feels when seriousness is present. It feels a bit heavy, a bit burdensome. When I tweak my perception just a little and invite humor in, there is a palpable lightness of being.
There are so many reasons why we lose the innocence of a child to find the awe, the beauty of playfulness that is our birthright. It can be from an authority figure in our early years saying things like, “Wipe that smile off your face,” or “What do you find so funny. There’s nothing funny about__,” or “You’ve got to quit being the class clown and grow up.” It can come from our own perception of the world as an unfriendly place. It can come from all the negativity we are bombarded with daily from the media.
Whatever the reason(s) you might have for taking life too seriously, if you do, I challenge you to start finding humor in everyday situations. Karyn suggested that there are three questions we might ask ourselves: 1) Is there anything to laugh about at this moment? 2) Am I going to let this ruin my day? And 3) Would this be funny if it was happening to someone else? (We have a tendency to find something humorous when it’s happening to another person but not when it’s happening to us). In other words, laugh at your own humanness as well!
Humor and laughter are food for our starving spirits. Let’s all make a commitment to find more to laugh about as we move through our days this week. Let’s raise the energy and vibration in our own beings which will naturally raise the energy and vibration of our world. What a fun and easy way to serve! I dare you to laugh more this week than you have in the past six months! Go out and find opportunities for humor.
“You can trudge through life, or you can laugh and sing and dance. The days go by just the same.” Which will you choose?
Thanks for coming to my playground of transformation! It’s so nice to have you visit and play. I hope to see you back again soon. Next time, bring your friends and family members with you so they can play as well!
Blessings and Laughter,