How many times have you found yourself at the bottom of the well,
experiencing problems in every possible aspect of your life, and said. “What else could possibly go wrong?” Probably too many to remember.
When things seem to be at their nadir, something will come along, completely unexpected, that tops the worst thing to happen so far. It always happens and it always will. This is what worries me.
When I look at the state of the world I see ISIS (or ISIL); conflict in the Ukraine; continuing problems between Israelis and Palestinians; volcanos in Iceland; forest fires and earthquakes all over the place; global warming; the polar vortex; mid-term elections: increased taxes: and the Kardashians, and I wonder what else could go wrong?
The answer is a lot could go wrong my friends, a whole lot, which is why you need to be prepared. Now I am not talking about being prepared the same way a doomsday prepper would be prepared. I am not going to suggest building a subterranean shelter where you can exist for years on canned tuna, while pooping in a tin can, and watching the same 3 DVDs you brought with you over and over again. In my opinion, this lifestyle would fall under the category of Super Sucky.
Instead, just pour me a nice glass of Scotch while I relax on the deck and watch the mushroom cloud roll in.
But I digress. The preparation that I am talking about is the preparation needed to get through tomorrow. Heck, it’s what you need to get through the rest of the day. We need to be prepared for whatever is thrown at us because it could be a beauty. My preparation for what life throws at us is laughter and lots of it.
Mark Twain once said that “Man is the only animal that blushes – or needs to.” Let me add that man is also the only animal that laughs – and definitely needs to. Laughter is the element of life that keeps us sane in a modern world. It can ease the tension, lower the blood pressure, and give you a sense of calm. That’s why we need more of it.
But don’t rush into laughter too fast or you might sprain a funny bone. Ease into it naturally by watching funny movies or TV shows instead of the news. Hang around funny people. Before you know it you will be laughing and will start being funnier yourself. When you’re having a rough time, you will be able to say, “What else could happen?” and think up some pretty funny scenarios.
Let’s say you’re on a desert road, out of gas, and no cell service. What else could happen? Flying monkeys, for crying out loud, flying monkeys could happen!
So do yourself a favor and start to laugh more. If you laughed while reading this article, even if it was just to yourself and it was more of a chuckle than a laugh, you can find more of my musings at DaleIrvin.com.
If you think that adding more laughter to your life is a positive thing, you may want to consider adding more laughter to your next meeting or event; because you never know what else can happen.
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