Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Today is a Good Day to Laugh

We all love to laugh. When things are going well, merry times come easily to a couple or a family. But, have you ever gone through a time when it seemed like the “fun” in your home slipped away? Perhaps, you and your husband were working through some communication problems. Or, finances might be tough. Or, you might be concerned about one of your children. It’s often a string of little trials that gets us down. At times like these, it’s easy to forget this healing prescription from Proverbs, “A happy heart is like good medicine.”

I wonder if we women aren’t particularly prone to finding it hard to laugh in the tough times. I have an idea that many of us want to have everything in life tied up neatly in a bow before we allow ourselves permission to have fun. But, if so, we’ll be waiting until we reach heaven.

I love this quote from Jane Canfield: “Happy people do not depend on excitement and fun supplied by externals. They enjoy the fundamental, often simple, things of life. They waste no time thinking other pastures are greener. They do not yearn for yesterday or tomorrow. They savor the moment, glad to be alive, enjoying their work, their families, the good things around them. They are adaptable, they can bend with the wind, adjust to the changes in their times, enjoy the contests of life, and feel themselves in harmony with the world. Their eyes are turned outward; they are aware, compassionate. They have the capacity to love.”



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