A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself
...An unexpected phone call from an old friend...Green stoplights on your way to work...The fastest line at the grocery store...A good sing-along song on the radio...Your keys found right where you left them.
Laughter is a wonderful coping device. It helps us to successfully traverse dangerous currents along life’s journey, as well as assisting us to fully enjoy the placid times of still waters. Humor is something I can get serious about. It is nothing less than an extravagant gift – to be frequently used and shared! I believe it was Billy Graham who said that “a keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and out-last the unbearable.”
The best part of all is that you have already received the gift of laughter! Will you use it and share it often today? Here are two tidbits from Steve Goodier that will make your day and start all of us on the Way!
Be Glad Today
Yesterday I brought home an Easter lily I found while shopping. I once read that those beautiful and fragrant flowers were named because of their shape! The blossom looks like a trumpet, and trumpets have long been used to announce good news.
There is plenty of bad news all around. I came across an article that reported a study of a large group of people who were instructed to evaluate all the information they received for a year and a half. They were asked to record whether what they were seeing and hearing all day long was positive or negative. These researchers determined that ninety percent of the input the group received was negative!
That may not come as a surprise to everyone. Over a half-century ago, Franklin Roosevelt told about an old man who was losing his hearing and went to the doctor for help. He was advised to quit drinking alcohol. When his family asked him what he was going to do, he replied, “Well, I’ve given it a lot of thought and I’ve decided I like what I’ve been drinkin’ so much better than what I’ve been hearin’, I’m just gonna keep on gettin’ deaf.”
There is plenty of bad news. But there is also good news. Lots of it. And the closer we look around, the more good news we find. In fact, every day should be a day to share life, love and laughter.
So let the trumpets sound and the bells ring. Celebrate and be glad! And...share some good news.
Joy Along the Way
A senator once took Will Rogers to the White House to meet President Coolidge. He warned the humorist that Coolidge never smiled. Rogers replied, “I’ll make him smile.” Inside the Oval Office, the senator introduced the two men. “Will Rogers,” he said, “I’d like you to meet President Coolidge.” Deadpan, Rogers quipped, “I’m sorry, but I didn’t catch the name.” Coolidge smiled.
A sense of humor is a marvelous gift to have. It is one of the most important means we possess to face the difficulties of life. And sometimes life can be difficult.
Many of us deal with issues which are critical: relationships breaking apart, people losing jobs, people facing serious illness or agonizing with someone close who is suffering, addictions, grief and heartache. Without a sense of humor about my own life, I don’t know if I could survive! I take what I am seriously, but I try not to take myself too seriously.
Like the New York City cab driver who said, “It’s not the work that I enjoy so much, but the people I run into!”
Here is an experiment: look for and find as much joy as possible for one full day. Try to enjoy the people you run into, the work you do, your leisure time and your relationships. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself -- and take enough time to enjoy Nature. Try this experiment for one full day, and by evening you will bask in the glow of a rekindled spirit.
Unlike many other thoughts that we get in a day.....It just takes a day to find joy along the way.
And when your day is done share which of your wishes came true!