We trudge through our days with To Do lists running through our heads: I have to email this person, respond to that message, correct this paper, write that recommendation, talk to her, get coffee at some point…and find time to buy my dinner, make sure I arrive here, here and there on time,…oh, then I have to get that done too! We get angry, sad, mad, sometimes glad–but that might only last for a second until we think of how tired we are, and hungry, and broke, and…and…and….
We get so wrapped up in the minutiae of the day-to-day, of the overwhelming seriousness of every moment, we forget that our purpose on earth is not to be chained to our desks, not to be mired in the gravity of each moment that passes. We are here for joy.
How many times a day does something ridiculous happen? How often is that thing that got you mad actually something that was beyond absurd and completely ridiculous…but you didn’t have time to laugh at it because you were too busy being mad at it? How often do you people-watch and laugh at the silly things kids and others do, especially when they think no one is looking?
Life really is ridiculous sometimes. And even in times when there are serious things happening…it’s still okay to laugh. In fact, laughter might help solve some of these serious things, laughter might increase the joy in the world and decrease the hurt over time, laughter might help you get through today so that you can rest up for tomorrow, laughter might make that last moment you spent with someone the best moment you had together.
How many times will you laugh today?
“The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
― E.E. Cummings