As always, each Friday I invite you to click over to Diana Strinati Baur's blog. Diana is the founder of the Gratitude Friday Club, and has a list of the club members on her blog...check them out too, your heart will be lifted by the wonderful expressions of gratitude!
I have such a hard time choosing just one thing each Friday! Today I am feeling grateful for laughter. Grateful for those moments when the bubbles of joy in my heart erupt out loud in a roar of laughter, over something utterly foolish or silly, over a shared joke or a private amusement. Laughter shakes the body, rocks the soul, lifts the heart. The wonderfully healing moments when I suddenly see the humour in a situation that had been causing frustration. Laughter really is contagious...who can be around a laughing friend and not feel your own laughter bubbling up inside?
Rabindranath Tagore said: "the burden of the self is lightened with I laugh at myself." So true. How much lighter my self, my soul, feels when I am able to laugh at myself. The moment I can laugh at my insecurities is the moment they cease to have power...of course sometimes it is a long time before I can laugh at a particular feeling, but when I can, it brings such a lightness to my heart. When I voice aloud the insecurities of my inner child and in naming them, am able to see the absurdity in them and laugh them away...ah, what freedom that brings!
Laughter is such a wonderful reflection of joy, when something tickles our funny bone or utterly delights our soul in a way that cannot be expressed except in a wordless burst of laughter. Whatever the reason that prompts any particular outburst, I am grateful for laughter, without which life would be unbearable!
It's so rare to capture a burst of true laughter on film, we are usually holding on our faces a self-conscious smile while waiting for the photo to be taken. But, I scanned through my albums and happily came across a few wonderful images of laughter to share with you.
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
Laughter is a mechanism everyone has; laughter is part of universal human vocabulary. There are thousands of languages, hundreds of thousands of dialects, but everyone speaks laughter in pretty much the same way.
~ Robert R. Provine, Ph.D.
Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh!
A laugh is a smile that bursts.
~Mary H. Waldrip
What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
Humor has a way of bringing people together. It unites people. In fact, I'm rather serious when I suggest that someone should plant a few whoopee cushions in the United Nations.
At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
I've always thought that a big laugh is a really loud noise from the soul saying, "Ain't that the truth.
Above all else: go out with a sense of humor. It is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.
Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
Laughter is the corrective force which prevents us from becoming cranks.
Happy Friday to all! I hope your weekend is filled with love and joy and deep down belly laughs :)