Today’s posting is about Humor. That’s my theme for this particular Thursday. This is not a particularly funny posting so don’t expect to react as my title suggests. I simply want to ramble on a bit about laughter and its effects.
The other day I received an email from my friend Mrsupole which contained a sentence in it that made me laugh so hard I wet my pants – I’m not kidding – now I know that losing control of one’s bladder may not be something to brag about – but I gotta tell you – I didn’t mind because the laughter made me feel better. And that’s what it’s for – laughter helps you feel good.
Here’s what she said – let me put it in context for you for just a moment…we were discussing our various pains and aches associated with my injury and her recent shoulder surgery – both of which involve the judicious and seemingly endless use of icepacks.
She said to me,
“I think I look like those people who have a head attached to their shoulder with my ice pack in place of the head.”
I read that sentence and started to giggle. I went on with the email but I couldn’t stop giggling at the vision of an extra head on her shoulders sitting there talking to her disguised as an icepack. I started to laugh and I went back to that sentence and then I couldn’t stop laughing. I started to pee and had to get myself out of my comfy chair while tossing pillows and my own icepacks every which way so I could make it to the hall bathroom before I literally flooded my living room. Her simple statement struck me as that funny. Why?
Because I understood. When I hurt my shoulder in January I not only was wrapped up like a flippin’ mummy but I also had icepacks and it honestly looked like the Hunchback of Notre Dame at one time and while it hurt, it was funny. And as I sit on icepacks for my hip and back which also were a result of the January injury, I still laugh because I know I must look frightfully funny with a pillow supporting my legs and another pillow wedged in the chair between me and the icepack on my hip – and it’s just funny. In the immortal words of Jimmy Buffett, “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.”
You simply must laugh at the things in your life, whether they be the joyful laughter from a baby’s smile, or laughing at your run of luck as you trip and sprain your ankle once again. Life is full of trials and tribulations and God gave us the ability to laugh and smile and see our way through some terrible things when he bestowed upon us the gift of humor.
And to prove my point that laughter is important, I just looked down and noticed that once again I have my shorts on inside out. I’m not kidding – I can see the bumpy seams on the side. I have to laugh at myself – I can’t even get dressed in the morning – I must be a danger to society I’m sure. Fortunately it’s raining outside and I didn’t go anywhere prior to this discovery.
Laugh – laugh – laugh and then laugh some more. It’s fun – it’s contagious, and it’s therapeutic. Try not to laugh so hard you wet your pants, people. On second thought…go ahead and laugh so hard you pee. Just not on my couch, please.