My Beauty in Laughter

 In Gluecklich im Sein, Weekly Forum Discussion

Humour is one of my super powers. As with all of us, I have several super powers, but I think humour is the one I’ve had the longest; I even used it as a child. When there are heavy energies in the air such as fear, anger, or frustration, I tend to apply a little humour, which helps in many crisis situations.

Life is not always a bed of roses, but if you have humour you simply don’t take life – and more importantly yourself – quite as seriously as it sometimes appears. Humour simply makes life a little easier to bear when I get hit by the little, or the not so little, tragedies we all encounter.

I remember one time when I was on the way to the hospital with two sisters, the older of the two was sick. I could tell she was scared because she was bleeding. As I made jokes and tried to keep the mood light, the younger sister scolded me for my attempts to be funny; she said it wasn’t the appropriate reaction when something so serious was happening. Honestly, I was surprised by that reaction. However, the older sister understood and told the other to leave me alone as I was helping her to feel better and less afraid. I learned that day that not everyone innately understands and uses humour the way I have all my life. It made me aware that it can be seen as offensive to the seriousness of a given situation.

To me, humour does not take away the seriousness of the situation, but the heaviness. Life is hard sometimes, but humour adds lightness, and a promise that it will not always remain hard. Humour gives me the uplift I need to overcome obstacles and challenges, it gives me the strength to endure and it gives me laughter; heart-warming, relaxing, delicious laughter.

Written by: Sabine Roggermeier; Gluecklich Im Sein

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