Yesterday, Joan Rivers died and this was big news for various circles. Honestly, I didn’t really know much about Joan Rivers until her death. Thankfully, my husband knows a little something about everything, so he quickly brought me up to speed. Having looked through some of her style of comedy, it’s not what appeals to me, except on one very important level. She maintained an element of truth in her comedy, despite being coarse, biting and even degrading. While I don’t appreciate humor that degrades others, I do appreciate truth and in that way, I choose to give honor to Joan for this part of how she presented her comedy.
It’s always easy to find bad things about people, but with her passing, let’s find the things that were valuable to honor their memory moreso than maximizing their failures, shortcomings and flaws 🙂
Have an awesome weekend!
When I was growing up, people would often comment about how serious I was & to this day, I can still get quagmired in the intense bog. One of the things that helps me to lighten up is to laugh at myself – to not take myself so seriously. So from time to time, I review some of the silly, goofy & even stupid things that I’ve done just to lighten my thinking. Here’s a sampling:
- For Thanksgiving one year, I had heard that convection baking was superior to the regular oven baking. Of course I didn’t get any more information & proceeded to burn my turkey, sufficient only for a burnt offering. We didn’t eat turkey that Thanksgiving ,)
- my first car never had an oil change in 3 years – didn’t know that was important :/
- I used to work in a data entry position & would take messages for my co-workers. I decided to find the phone number of a local mortuary & leave one a my co-workers a message to call Myra Mains with just the phone number for the mortuary ,)
- I tried to toast whipped cream on a pie – we renamed the outcome to “puddle pie”
Laughter is good medicine!!
When I was growing up, people used to observe that I was very serious. As a little kid, I was always thinking about learning, growing & being mature. I didn’t like it when restaurants would have “kiddie” menus because I thought that was condescending. Suffice it to say that I was super serious.
Now days, I’m not quite so serious & probably what I most like to laugh at is myself. I take myself far less seriously now & I think that a healthy dose of humorous humility is very constructive for lots of different reasons. I also like to laugh with my kids – one of whom just pulled out an empty Starbucks gum tin from inside his footie pjs, leading me to 2 questions: what else might he keep in his footie pjs & why does his keep the gum tin in his pjs???
So I’d encourage you to laugh today, look for ways to enjoy the diversity of people, encourage others & find a few constructive ways to take yourself less seriously 🙂