Isn’t it amazing how much better everything is when we enjoy a hearty laugh? Our whole outlook changes. Whatever perceived misfortune we were experiencing is gone, even if just for one glorious moment. Sometimes when we find something truly hilarious it lift us up and changes our outlook permanently. The power of laughter can heal old wounds, both literally and figuratively, demonstrably display the ridiculousness of our own behavior, teaching us and transforming us all the while we experience great joy. Laughter can even magically turn sworn enemies into trusting confidants.
A good sense of humor is essential to experiencing the richness of life; the subtle and not so subtle intricacies and nuances that are captured while observing the absurdity of it all. So powerful laughter can be that our body weeps because it cannot contain the pure joy we are experiencing. It brings a smile to our face reminiscing about a great laugh we experienced or pondering the next one that’s right around the corner.
We spend far too much time taking ourselves and each other way too seriously. The playfulness of life is always staring us in the face or kicking us in the rear but we are often much too busy or too disenfranchised to play along. Is it because we equate being serious with self-importance and gravitas? Whoever said we had to take anything seriously? There is no more value in being serious than in being playful. When we appreciate a good joke or a funny moment we honor the connectivity we all share.
Humor often allows us to reveal more of our version of the truth than being serious. Great humorists are Artists and they often relate more about the irony and absurdity of the human condition through their insightful observations than some of us see or certainly dare to express. When we connect through the power of laughter we all share in that moment of joy together with no regard to the nonsense we tell ourselves that prevents us from seeing ourselves in each other.
If there is one quality most needed as we traverse upon, around and above our Blue Planet it’s a healthy sense of humor. What could be more important than that? Laughter can tear down cultural and racial walls, enlighten us, move us, show us things we didn’t see and remind us that life is hilarious nearly all of the time and certainly some of the time when we stop taking ourselves and each other so seriously.
Great humorists take our guard down whether we like it or not and remind us what a great experience it is to be here if we would only just laugh a little more… or a lot more.
This essay is dedicated to my friend, Taylor Negron.
1957 – 2015
Peace, Love and Compassion,