Think Funny Thoughts

by Irwin Lengel

As each year passes I think to myself that – hopefully - I’ve gotten yet another year wiser, but then there is always that one thing that keeps coming back into the picture. I am referring to the fact that no matter how old one becomes, especially during this phase of our lives – to survive in this crazy mixed-up world today, one not only has to remain wise but one also needs to have a sense of humor.

Life – in and of itself – can be a challenge unto itself. To get through it, we need to keep some semblance of proportion about it. If there is one thing that I have learned over the years through some of our past trials and tribulations, it is that some things we should take seriously while others not so seriously. It is only when we truly sit back and realize that the things we do along with what we take seriously, at times, can often be so far removed from the actual reality of the situation that it is and should be laughable.

Fact is that we should not allow ourselves to get bogged down in useless trivia because the day we allow such irrelevant data to – how shall I state this – rule our lives – well that is the day we might see our life just whiz past us. The sad part of this scenario is that we will not even see it happening. So, how do we avoid such a fiasco from happening? By taking notice of those things that are truly important to us and letting go of things that really aren’t important. How do we go about doing this and getting back on track? Believe it or not – this is where humor comes in. Yup, you heard me correctly. The one way I have found that assists me in this situation is “Humor!”

Stop and think for a moment – we need to take a break every now and then to stop and laugh at ourselves – or if not ourselves – laugh at the situation we find ourselves in. One thing to keep in mind and that is that at the same time we are laughing at ourselves – we need to make sure that we do not laugh at others. When laughing at ourselves, life doesn’t seem as complicated as we had made it out to be. The reason I made mention of the fact that we should not laugh at others is quite simple. When you get right down to it – chances are that they (others) are just as lost as we are and perhaps they are struggling like we are as well. As such, they do not need to be laughed at. Remember, everyone has their own demons and battles that they are fighting.

There is an old German saying that goes:

“We grow too soon oldt und too late schmart!”

When one gets right down to it, there is a lot of truth to this statement. Sad thing is that sometimes it takes us so long to realize that much of our life we allow ourselves to get bogged down in things that truly do not matter in our overall scheme of things. Think about that for a second or two. How often do we worry what our neighbors or others think of us – or worry about the numerous things we do not have or things we may not have done. Truth-be-told, allowing ourselves to think in this manner can drive us bonkers.

If there is one thing I have learned over the years it is that one cannot chase happiness. Should we find ourselves getting like the person or persons I eluded to in the afore-mentioned paragraphs – we need to stop and take stock of what we do have, and when we realize what it is we have – we can have a good laugh about what we don’t have. I like to use the example of the person that has tons of money. We like to think that they are truly happy – but are they? I know what you are thinking – but gee, wouldn’t it be nice to have more than what we do have? Nice – possibly – Need – not necessarily.

After all, what is life about? Life is for us to live and enjoy. Sunny days, rainy days, and moments in our lives that truly count for something. Birth of a child, graduation of a child, marriage of our children, and I can go on and on. Think of the expressions on the faces of those around you who are sharing these moments with you. These are moments that truly count for something.

I admit, we all have our good days and our bad days but the reality of it all is that by being able to see something funny in whatever is happening in our lives at any given moment – we come to realize that there is always some humor in everything. By taking time to laugh at ourselves and the situations we sometimes find ourselves in – we are able to diffuse the tension created while at the same time regain a sense of proportion (in other words, how this situation fits in with regards the overall scheme of things) and as we all know – humor which usually brings on laughter – has both physical and medical benefits as well. They say that a good hearty laugh enables one to release endorphins – which also enables one to feel better about themselves and give us a better perspective on life.

Bottom line is that we need to look at the funny side of everything. I cannot think of a better technique to relieve stress while at the same time dissolve anxiety and doubt. How many of you remember that popular commercial that dates back to the seventies – the one for Alka-Seltzer:

“Try it, you’ll like it!”

Want to enjoy life more as we proceed through these our “twilight years,” ...... do your best to see something funny in whatever life tosses your way! Or put another way - Try it, you'll like it!

Until next time!

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by: Irwin L

Thanks John for your comments regarding my recent blog posting.

At times, fortunately not often, I think about writing about other things i.,e., p ok politics and/or religion but that quickly I realize that neither topic would be as fulfilling to me as ranting and raving about wild and crazy stuff.

At least, hopefully my rants and raves bring both a smile and a chuckle or two from the reader cause, as we all know there is enough negative craziness happening in our world today and I for one have no intention of adding to it.

I am quite content with ranting and raving about wild and crazy things. I would rather spend my morning smiling about some dumb thing I wrote about than get depressed with all the negative press we are exposed to be it TV, Facebook, or some other form of social media.

Thanks again for your comments and for following my antics.

Take care if yourself.

Good Horse Sense
by: John A. / Tyler, TX

I like it when Irwin writes his thoughts. And as usual, Irwin offers good old common horse sense in what he has to say.

Like Irwin, I feel those who have the most toys at the end of the game are not always the winner. Instead, it is the frame of mind we have about life that is truly important.

As we grow older, "things" become less important and quality of life much more fulfilling.

For several years I wrote on political blogs because I did not like the direction the nation was headed. Regardless of what I had to say, nothing I wrote would make a bill of beans difference in our society. I realized this same thing applied to nationally syndicated columnists. People read what they have to say, but in reality they make little difference other than offering more reason for division. So, I stopped my political writings and directed my attention elsewhere.

Like Irwin, I love humorous stories. When I find something funny in life or a joke to share, I get a lot of joy knowing that I brought a smile to someone's face, even if for just a brief moment.

Being in service to others is most gratifying. Volunteering at a hospital often takes my mind off my own physical pains since I realize others are in much worse shape. To help them in their time of need is rewarding.

Taking time to smell the coffee is wonderful. To get away from the hustle and bustle of life is an absolute requirement for our mental health. Give thanks to our Maker for what we have since folks elsewhere in this world have it much more difficult.

When we consider this and many other things not mentioned here, we have things pretty good in life and need to be satisfied to what we already have.

And, I am thankful Irwin shared his thoughts. Thank you, Irwin!

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