Sweet and Funny Work Well
Apologies for the somewhat obnoxious emoji image.
It was difficult—and not funny—looking for an image to support the title, one that represents sweet and funny.
I couldn’t deal with the kitties wearing paisley bonnets.
I settled for the emoji.
The humanized emoji.
People tell me that I’m funny.
Earlier in my life, I utilized humor to protect myself, an invisible shield between me and the harsher realities of my life, like people, like my speech impediment, like being in love with Audrey Hepburn.
Monogamously in love.
For a decade.
Humor made me feel less vulnerable, like the invisible Colgate shield of protection from those old television commercials.
It shielded me, or so I thought.
Being busy amusing people was a checking out of the moment for me.
It kept me safe.
I believe it’s different now.
I’m different now.
Humor has become a checking into the moment for me.
I do think I’m funny. Not as a protective response, but as an invitation.
I use humor to connect.
To a bigger perspective.
Without it, a glum neurotic emerges within me, and willingly spreads her words of negativity and almost-despair.
I really don’t want to give her the car keys and let her drive me through my day.
Humor protects me from that voice within me and connects me to a looser, a fuller, a bigger perspective.
I crack myself up fairly regularly.
I also believe now, in this, my crone-hood, humor serves the function of allowing me to be real and deep with people.
As I touch into deeper truth in my teaching and writing and coaching, my humor is the spice, the easing digestive sprinkle that makes the moment more manageable, the truth more digestible.
Speaking of sweet and funny, I again came across this video of Dancing Matt and watched it.
I think I can watch it forever!
I find it so amusing, so sweet, so importantly healing.
Matt Harding was a video game designer who got sick of creating games of destruction and war. He quit his job, began traveling the world, in his words, “dancing badly with people” from many international locations.
Matt says, “We’re stuck on this planet together and we need to take care of each other.”
I love that sentiment.
I believe these last few years of cultural and political breakdown have opened the essential door for our connection to ourselves and to one another.
This is the time.
The time is now, for connection with ourselves and each other.
Even if you have seen this video, please watch again, for these few minutes of sweet and funny are so healing, so relaxing, so amusing, so touching.
What do you think?
Pretty good, huh?
Give us the courage to laugh.
Give us the courage
To see ourselves in each other,
No matter the differences.
You are just me
Dear Friends, what makes you laugh? What lightens your spirit? What doesn’t? What did you notice during the video? Please, as always, send on your responses. I am firstname.lastname@example.org.
All voices welcomed—all experiences, sacred.