I like to smile. Laughing is even better. Here are 3 recent occurrences that caused me do both.
1. I got checked out by a guy wearing make-up at a used bookstore last week. And by “checked out,” I mean that he was the cashier. He was very cordial and his foundation had been expertly applied, but I did feel a little awkward. It could have been even more awkward. I could have purchased a book about Biblical manhood. Yeah–that would have been worse than the time that I announced my intention to part ways with a former church-member who wore a toupee by saying “I guess it’s time for me to get out of your hair.” Did that really happen? Yes. Yes it did.
2. When asked why we were laughing so much one afternoon this week, my co-worker said that it was because we get a little goofy during that time of day. As I often do, I said the first thing that popped into my mind–“It’s better to get a little goofy than it is to get a little Pluto because that would entail being naked and unable to talk.” In case you are wondering, I often get strange looks from my co-workers.
3. We go to our local McDonald’s far too often. To make it more personally enjoyable I have acquainted myself with several of the employees. A couple of weeks ago, there was a new guy running the cash register who featured a variety of tattoos on both of his arms. The one that drew my attention was a series of numbers inside of a rectangle. I asked him what the numbers meant. he laughed and said, “Well–when my dog got spayed they tattooed these numbers on her belly so I got a matching tattoo because I love my dog.” Two thoughts: 1) I should probably quit asking so many questions and 2) Compared to this guy, we are all terrible pet owners.
I realize that this isn’t like one of my regular posts. There is not a big, important lesson to learn. There are very few (if any) semi-laugh-out-loud phrases. There is just this:
It’s okay to smile at the silliness that surrounds us. More than that, it is good for us.
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
You might have a crushed spirit. You do not have to stay this way. There are plenty of things with the ability to elicit a smile or a laugh.
You just have to be looking for them.
(Do you have funny story to share? Something that happened recently? Something that happened years ago? Has something crushed your spirit? Share away!)