In the Batman movie, The Dark Knight, the infamous Joker sneers, with all the Hollywood talent one actor could possibly give out, in 3 simple words: “Why so serious?” I have quoted that line time and time again (you probably have too), mostly to try to get a grumpy person to cheer up…or it has the adverse effect and they just glare at you.
For many, life is just plain SERIOUS. I certainly would never underestimate that fact. We could all make a list of why life is no laughing matter. There are seasons of grief and seasons of pain. But, there are also a time to laugh. Ironically, it really is GOOD and HEALTHY to LAUGH 🙂. It does not mean you are being foolish and giddy. Nor does it mean you are mocking the gravity of the many, truly serious parts of life. It just means, you need to have an outlet.
Laughing is necessary.
I have often wondered if that’s why God made some hysterically funny looking animals and bugs. And quite possibly, the reason He gave us children. Children will give you back the joy of living, if you just stop, listen, and observe.
In honor of the never ending fact that life IS a serious thing, I offer you the option to laugh. Go ahead. Do it. You will find you feel better, a little less anxious, and strengthened enough to keep on going. It’s just what the doctor ordered. 🙂
What has lifted my spirits, and brought me renewed joy and belly laughs, is the cute and funny things my grandchildren have said. These laughing moments have carried me through seasons of grief and loss. Here are a few things they have said that have made me laugh:
When my oldest grandchild was 4 years old, she was walking through the store with her mom and she stopped and asked: “Mom, do you think I’m still cute?” She said, ”Of course, you’re adorable!” To which my granddaughter replied: “Huh, well that lady just walked RIGHT by me, and didn’t say anything!!!”
Another granddaughter at age 6, after a night of hearing thunder and lightning and NOT liking it, said, “If I made thunderstorms, I’d only make them for during the DAY so people could sleep at night!”
When my middle granddaughter was younger, she was asked what she would want to take with her, if stranded on a desert island. She thought just for a moment, and in her childlike thought process said, “A boat!”
When my oldest grandson was in preschool, the teacher asked him what the four seasons were. He didn’t even have to stop to think. He promptly answered, “Deer season, turkey season, rabbit season, and fishing season.”
My young grandson explaining the process of losing a tooth to his little sister, “When you lose your baby teeth your adult teeth grow in. If you lose your adult teeth you grow gold or silver teeth. If you lose THOSE it is just too bad for you!”
Me: “Lily, do you know how much Nani loves you?”
Lily: “10. Is that right ?”
Me – “Well, yes. On a scale of 1-10, I love you 10.”
You gotta love kids! They are carriers of joy.
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Laughter IS the best medicine. Try it. You’ll like it. A lot!