Do you know what the problem is with most folks today? And to clarify, by “folks” I mean grown-ups. The problem of which I speak is not a mystery really. By and large, grown-ups (or adults, if you prefer) no longer laugh. It seems they have forgotten how to do so. Laughter is one of Life’s fundamentals. But somewhere along the way in our journey to adulthood, we become grim and feel the need to be serious about our life all the time! And in order to be serious, laughter and a happy Spirit must be put up and away on the top shelf and into the darkest of corners. Consequently, our wide grins and our big smiles, our chuckles and laughter which we once experienced many times daily seem to fade out as we become “responsible adults”. Happiness, humor and a care free spirit gives way to stress, worry and an often heavy heart, weighed down by the cares of Life. I paint an accurate picture of so many of us, yes? And that is simply how the Wheel of Life turns round and round. It is the way of the world, as they say. Is this not correct? To this I say, No, no and no once more!! Nothing could be further from the truth! This is simply the Big Lie that society has forced upon us. I say to you this……Laugh Always! As children, it was a natural, unstoppable reaction. You remember, don’t you? If not, make it a point to listen to the children around you. You will hear it then……the laughter of a child which is purity expressed in its simplest form……unbridled happiness! This is what we, the grown-ups of this world are lacking. Laughter has become something that feels unnatural for so many adults today and this should not be so.
Allow me please to pose a question to you. When would be the last time you laughed? And I don’t mean the polite laughter that is deemed as proper by so many these days. I am speaking of genuine laughter, the deep-down, from the gut,side-splitting laughter. The kind of laughter where you laugh so hard that the tears run down your cheeks like rain and when you try to stop, even beg to stop, you cannot stop. And those around you begin laughing even if they don’t really know why because laughter is contagious, as you well know. And why is it contagious you might ask? I believe I know why. See if this answer rings true. It is because Laughter is a gift, one where your heart and your Spirit join in on the chorus which causes one to desire to sing just one more verse and then another. Laughter comes from deep within the soul and flows outward and upward like a special kind of music with lyrics all its own. You see, Laughter is the music of our soul and those around us are drawn to music always. That is what my heart and spirit tells me to be so.
Oh and remember something else as well. Remember when you would laugh and when the laughter finally wound it self down? As the tears of laughter dried upon your cheeks and the soreness in your stomach ebbed away, how did you feel afterward? Go ahead….say it! You felt good, almost cleansed really. Laughter does that for you, for us. That is why it is a gift, you see. So, for the sake of yourself and those you love as well as for the sake of our world which needs our laughter, please Laugh long, loud and always!! May you blessed in your joy and laughter, my friends!
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.