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#29: Life Isn't Always Serious

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This may be a surprise to some people but life CAN be fun. It, and we, do not need to be serious all of the time. Consequently, we do not need to take ourselves too seriously all of the time.

But we like to deceive ourselves into thinking that those who joke and seem not to have a care in the world are somehow less than we are because they are not serious. Therefore, they are not as valuable as we are. Don't they know how difficult life can be? Why are they are laughing and giggling and finding humor in strange things? Why aren't they more serious?

Not too long ago the grocery store where I shop changed to a different plastic bag to be used as a covering for umbrellas when it rains so water isn't dripped onto the floor. I walked in one day, saw the new bags and burst out laughing. The nearest bagger, a young guy I had often talked with, gave me the strangest look. When he was free I motioned him over.

"You know I shop here a lot, don't you?" I asked him. "Sure, you're in here all the time," he replied. "Well," I told him, "I don't want you to get into trouble with the manager but these plastic bags aren't wet. Do you have a spray bottle you can fill with water? If you do, I'll help you spray them."

He then gave me an even stranger look until he read what I pointed to. On the bags were imprinted the words, "Wet Umbrella Bag."

When I joked about how dry they were and that they were not actually "wet" bags, he finally got it and began laughing, too. That's when the cashier gave both of us a strange look.

There is no denying that life is often extremely difficult, that life is often very frustrating and irritating and depressing. There is no denying that life is often very -- serious.

And, there is no denying that very often we, too, must take our endeavors seriously.

But sometimes, as we go through our days, perhaps for our mental health and to shake off the burdens of everyday living, we need to allow ourselves the enjoyment of a "wet umbrella bag" moment and, at least for a while, forget our troubles and how just how serious a place the world and life can be.
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  • YATMAMA
    Great topic, Lou! You ever watch little kids? They can have a blast anywhere. No matter where they are, they find interesting things. They find wonder. They make discoveries. They laugh at the silliest things. They have gigglefests (okay, so sometimes I make words up) over things that don't really seem funny... until the giggles become contagious and spread. Then they're hilarious! Is it any wonder that we are commanded to come as little children? We are never told by those who penned the New Testament that Jesus giggled or had a belly ache laugh. We're also not told that He blinked or clipped his toenails. I would bet the farm He did all of the above! I know He did. Thanks for the reminder to find something to laugh about, Lou. It just tickles me that you pointed the sign out to the store staff! You spread a laugh. That's GOOD medicine!

    Pro 17:22 Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is slow death to be gloomy all the time. (GNB)
    4234 days ago
  • 2BSALLYB
    I think it's good to not only lighten up physically, but lighten up personality wise as well. Too heavy of a heart and/or spirit isn't good for our health.

    Yes, life gets difficult at times; we all have experienced that. But we still can look for some joy, perhaps some humor, in our day. Actually laughing can help relieve stress when life does get rough and serious. emoticon
    4235 days ago
  • XNANNY
    That is my kind of joke! I find much to smile about in life.
    4235 days ago
  • MALEXANDER4
    life is not always serious. and really it is what we make of it. no matter how bad it seems today, tomorrow is never promised. so if you don't find humor in something for that day you may have missed out on a wonderful moment you can't every get back. thank you for giving me the moment to smile, i work as a pharmacy tech at walmart and we have the wet umbrella bags, never thought about them in your light. now i won't ever see them the same again.
    4235 days ago
  • MCCALI59
    I find lie is more serious than not. There are many important things to think about I have a hard tine thinging about them on a lighter side.
    4235 days ago
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