I used to wait for a sign, she said, before I did anything. Then one night I had a dream & an angel in black tights came to me & said, you can start any time now, & then I asked is this a sign? & the angel started laughing & I woke up.
Now, I think the whole world is filled with signs, but if there’s no laughter, I know they’re not for me.
My children were safely tucked into college when out of a little shop in San Francisco the StoryPeople appeared and reminded me about laughter. They have followed me through relocations, work settings and life events. But still I forget and have to be reminded – if there is no laughter, it’s not for ME.
Why is this so hard to remember? I believe there is a cultural stigma attached to laughter that implies you cannot be taken seriously if you are laughing. The desire to be taken seriously is seductive. Serious implies truth and truth is the Holy Grail all adults should seek. Right?
What happened to the idea of diversity; different perspectives; individual truths? Woops!! The TRUTH vs. HAPPINESS dichotomy rears its toothless mouth. I fall for it out of reflex and have to be reminded by the StoryPeople. The habit is to choose truth over happiness; seriousness over laughter.
Habits can be changed even after 60 years of practice. My mission, the one I have chosen, is to seek laughter. I will share my findings on this blog and invite others to contribute.
My gratitude goes to the StoryPeople and my friend AJ who reminded me about the importance of laughter.
Because laughter is contagious, especially with children, I invite you to my AV presentation.