Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jump For Joy

Get all the good laughs you can.

Will Rogers
I have a hard time understanding some people's attitudes and forms of behavior. It seems to me a lot of people spend too much time telling other people how to think and what to do. A few days ago I wrote about the dangers of underestimating people and how it can lead to a patronizing and condescending attitude.

One Thanksgiving Day a few years ago my stove and oven weren't working. So I bought some canned food to have for my dinner. Then my can opener broke. What did I do? I laughed. It wasn't a sarcastic, poor-pitiful-me laugh, but a genuine laugh. If it hadn't been Thanksgiving Day it wouldn't have been quite so silly. I ate a peanut butter sandwich and a banana and go on with life.

Yesterday I had some fun talking about the gremlins in our computers waiting to jump out when we approach there hiding places. In spite of how aggravating they can be there is also a humorous side to them if you look for it.

I have been called by some a dark and sinister man. I was never able to understand that considering the joy and laughter I get out of life in spite of being an old coot, with a meager income, debts and decrepitude. Finally I realized that those who were calling me dark were in their own darkness, standing with their backs to the light casting their own shadows on to me.

Years ago I learned that there is a light source in even the most dire tragedy. It may not produce gales of guffaws but it is fuel for healing. But it can't be seen unless there lives inside of us the propensity for joy. As an actor I loved doing comedy because I liked to hear people laugh. I would try to get as many "good" laughs as I could

We may laugh at the antics of kittens, puppies, apes and monkeys, but nothing is funnier than the human being. Us. Me. You. "'Tis the season to be jolly" says the carol. When is it not? "Make a joyful noise." I complain bitterly about certain things. Who doesn't? But I can also laugh at them. I enjoy life. And the Email Lions and Blogspot Tigers better get used to the idea.

Joy, joy moves the wheels
In the universal time machine.
Flowers it calls forth from their buds,
Suns from the Firmament,
Spheres it moves far out in Space,
Where our telescopes cannot reach.

(Friedrich Schiller)
The Vagabond
(This is not a contest.)

In your opinion what is the most amazing thing that could happen during this decade? Make it as outrageous as you want but keep it within the realm of what you consider a possibility.

15 responses so far.

Answers will be published the first day of Summer.

Thank you.

DB - The Vagabond


Arlene (AJ) said...

DB I've always believed that if you can't laugh at yourself when some things happen, you might just as well give up. Life has so many ups and downs that you just have to go with it, say you'll get thru it and not let it stress you out. Sounds like you have life figured out and can get through anything...good for you.

pacifica62 said...

A great attitude and a sense of humour will take one far in life. The older I get, the more I laugh at myself for some of the things that happen to me. We can become a source of joy to ourselves if we allow it to happen. I like that feeling. Some aspects of life are not meant to be taken seriously. Be playful and have fun.

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

I laugh at myself every day :o)

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