Friday, November 18, 2022

Five Minute Friday - Laugh

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One word. Five minutes to write about it. This is the idea behind Five Minute Friday and this is today's free-writing post.


laugh until you cry
live, laugh, love

To all the defiant stoics, laughing and fighting lonesome battles in the face of adversity. 
~Kin F. Kam

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I absolutely love to laugh! It's one of my very favorite things. It's probably not a stretch to say I have a rather irreverent sense of humor, because I can find something funny in almost any situation, and I tend to put a fun or humorous spin on things whenever I can.

But this week I haven't laughed all that much. It's harder to laugh when I'm lonely and homesick, and when we're a bit uncertain about where we'll live and how things will work out. In fact, although I'm not a cry-er by nature, I was in tears most of Sunday and Monday and even cried myself to sleep on Sunday night. As I write this, I'm tearing up a bit too. It's okay though. I know it will be okay and this is just the hard part. Hard parts of life help us appreciate the blessings we have all the more.

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
. . . a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance, . . .
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
He has also set eternity in the human heart;
yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
I know that there is nothing better for people
than to be happy and to do good while they live.
That each of them may eat and drink,
and find satisfaction in all their toil -
this is the gift of God.

~Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4, 11-13~


It's okay to not be in the mood to laugh all the time, and especially when we're navigating big changes in our lives. But it's also okay to laugh if something strikes me as funny during this troubled time - that's what gets me through! I know that as I settle in to this new phase of life, I will laugh again. I don't have to borrow trouble and worry, and I certainly don't want to become gloomy and downhearted all the time! I have too much to be joyful about and life continues to be full of opportunities to be happy and to laugh! 

She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
~Proverbs 31:25~

Well, I'm not so sure I've got that much dignity, but I sure can laugh!

If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old. ~Edgar Watson Howe

The person who has a sense of humor is not just more relaxed in the face of a potentially stressful situation, but is more flexible in his approach. ~John Morreall


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I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~Woody Allen


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This post is linked at Five Minute Friday for the word prompt "Laugh".


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Laughter can get us through some tough times. Thanks for sharing.

Laurihawley.com said...

I'm sorry it's been a rough week for you, but I've giggled at a few of your quotes, and I appreciate the ability to find humor in any situation. 😁

The White Wolf Talks said...

Love love love that song! Amen, great post! We are told to encourage ourselves in the Lord. Praise God we have the Holy Spirit to remind us when things get tough. Blessings! (FMF#11)

BarefootLilyLady said...

I absolutely loved this post. It's a good reminder that life does hold difficult times, but also good and happy moments. Today was a day that brought difficult news from a friend, which prompted on and off-again tears all day. Your post and the fun music video gave me a great belly-laugh.

Andrew said...

You hang on, friend, don't despair,
even through a darkling night.
Know that there are we who care,
and will cheer you in this fight.
You so often touched our hearts
with your wisdom and you wit,
and we now will play our parts,
ones that were designed to fit
into your life by God himself,
all puzzle-pieces, side by side,
not to sit upon a shelf,
but in community abide
to give what another one cannot,
and receive that which another's got.

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