Optimist: Person who travels on nothing from nowhere to happiness.

~ Mark Twain ~

Funny How Things Look, Isn’t It?

December 31st, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 12 secs

Did you know that from here everything looks funny?

Go on, have a laugh. See the funny side of things and let your light side rise.

Put your serious “have to be in charge and responsible” side off for a change and relax. You might as well. There’s plenty of time to be serious later.

What better way to see in the New Year than to appreciate the funny side and let your hair down? That’s if you have any, of course. Don’t laugh! For me, letting my hair down means watching it eddy around the shower drain, before finally going down the gurgler. Actually I still have a few follicles, but they tell me it’s lonely up there, so I try to look after what’s left (call it my preservation project).

But if you are hairy enough… at least in the right places (like say Melbourne, London, Singapore, or New York) then it certainly makes sense to let it all hang out. Especially on the holidays when we all benefit from a break.

In the process look for what’s funny and chances are you’ll find it. Not that funny things happen in our house. Certainly not. When Ruth just helpfully suggested we grow lettuces in the living room or tomatoes in the aquarium, I just frowned. Mind you, those who know me understand that I don’t do frowns well. They apparently look pretty funny. But I try not to look as I’m too busy frowning to be bothered with such frivolity.

Nor do I see the funny side when Ms Chook, our own personal chicken, turns the backyard into a WW1 trench scene. Just seeing the odd shovel load of soil flick up out of one of her new dugouts does not make me happy. So no, that’s not funny.

Even when Scallywag, our ragdoll cat, trips over himself whilst trying to look sophisticated, there’s nothing funny. Despite Scally tripping me over in the next minute, leaving me hopping around on one leg going, “Ow, ow, ow!” I’m not laughing. Chasing after him in a one legged race, he scrambles with all legs spinning cartoon style to the back door. But that’s not funny, that’s life.

Now you may not necessarily have funny things going on at your place. But you can tell how important it is to be able to notice what’s funny when it happens. We can wrap ourselves up in somber seriousness and miss so much. All in the name of being sensible or something similar. But you don’t want to be in that uptight state all the time, do you? Sometimes you are better off kicking up your heels and letting your funny side show.

I do. And the more I do, the more I see that seems funny to me. It does you good to have a laugh and not take everything so deathly seriously. But then, you know that, don’t you? I reckon what we all need is a bit of encouragement to let our serious side slip, forget our cares for at least a moment, and enjoy being in the moment. It’s good. Try it.




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