Blessings #149 – Revisited Laughter

There have been times in my life that still today make me laughter, some of them are bizarre, some of the are surreal, but all of them are hilarious to those of us who treasure them.

Even as I think about them now I’m smiling with the humour of the situations.

I’m sure that if I tried to Lucca - Climbing the Towerdescribe them to you they would barely make you smile, but I know that if I retold the tale to the right group of people that I wouldn’t even get to the end of the story before we were all doubled up. Sometimes just the start of the story is enough for the shoulders to start to bounce and the giggles to flow.

I sure that you wouldn’t believe that some of the situations were real, you’d think that I’d made them up. Bizarre is something that seems to follow us around, pouncing out on us when we least expect it.

There’s nothing guilty or malicious about these snickers we are remembering fond situations that we treasure.

A few stories must have been shared hundreds of times and they still reduce us to gibbering gigglers. Sometimes I’m sure that it’s the expectation of the laughter that makes us laugh more than the story itself.

Laughter is such a tonic and I keep these memories stored away like little treasure boxes. Over exposing them would take away their shine so I keep them under wraps ready for the right time and the right place.

One of the most famous passages in the Bible comes from Ecclesiastes 3 and starts like this:

There is a time for everything,
       and a season for every activity under heaven:

This same passage goes on to say:

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
       a time to mourn and a time to dance,

There’s a well known statistic that compares the amount a child laughs (300 times a day) with the amount an adult laughs (15 times a day).  As we get through life we should have more laughter treasures, not less. Perhaps we aren’t very good at looking after them. We need to remember that there is “a time to laugh”.

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