23. Humor

As I parked the car, my friends entered the busy restaurant and gave the hostess our party’s name. They were immediately seated, and it was only a couple of minutes later that I walked into the large dining room to look for them. I passed by many diners, and because the room’s lights were so dim my search was deliberate. I carefully looked at the guests at each table, but tried, also, not to appear lost. Searching that dimly lit room was no easy task, and I saw a few people giving me strange looks.    


In a moment of frustration, I looked up and was startled by someone standing directly in front of me. I was taken aback; he looked so much like me. He stared at me. And I stared at him. The look on his face was that of utter surprise. I gestured to him with a slight smile and a nod of my head. He did the same. And then it clicked: I was standing only a few inches from the room’s mirrored wall. That surprised individual staring at me was none other than me.  


The room that, at first glance, appeared so large, wasn’t large after all; the mirror just made it seem so. The room was actually quite small. And there I was: poised in front of that mirror, like a fool. And to make matters worse, the only way out of the situation was to turn about-face and pass again by all of those people who now thought that I was a nut. I just couldn’t help but smile as I walked by them all, feeling like I should take a bow for the entertainment I had provided.


The friends that I was looking for? Well, they, too, got a kick out of the situation, and the rest of the evening was a hoot. Thank God for laughter.


Isn’t it great to laugh? I think laughter is the single most important element in maintaining one’s psychophysical health. Laughter is a release agent for the body’s own healing drugs. It’s good for the mind, the body and the soul. And it’s a relief from the mounting stress that so threatens well-being. In a seeming paradox, laughter is something to take seriously.


Day 23 Guide


Today, your mission is to find humor. Understand that humor is a perspective on life and that in every day there is something to lighten your heart. A good starting point is to look within. Laugh at yourself.


© 2004, Levi Hill

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