A sense of humour keeps us going; well it does me. Monty Python sung ‘Always look on the bright side of life’. I suppose a good sense of humour leaves us open to being misunderstood. Some people have a keen sense of being a kill-joy and criticise everyone and everything. That’s their privilege I guess, always looking for something or someone to pull down.
Some of our best comedians have been serious guys; Tony Hancock, Eric Morecambe and Spike Milligan for example. ‘Many a true word spoken in jest’ springs to mind. ‘A little bit of sugar helps the medicine go down’. Only Fools and Horses is classic comedy, with many truths hidden in brilliant scripts with fantastic actors.
Friends on Facebook publish some great laughs. Recently one posted: ‘The longer I live, the more convinced I am that this planet is used by other planets as a lunatic asylum’. When I first read it I laughed out loud, then I thought about it. The loonies have taken over the asylum, that’s for sure. This expression means ‘a situation in which incapable people are put in charge of responsibilities they are unqualified to handle’. I stopped laughing and realised how true these words are, as my mind flashed to so many countries.
Does God have a sense of humour? Well, I often think of Jesus and His disciples eating round the camp fire after a tough day. They were men and they must have shared humorous stories. They cried, so surely they must have laughed too. If we don’t laugh, we’ll cry. Think of the great female comedians; Victoria Wood is one; gone but not forgotten. Humour is a universal way of seeing truth through human eyes, deflecting the pain in the seemingly banal.
Why not contact me to share your pain? I will listen. We may even laugh together through the tears. We’ll never know if you don’t try.
‘Bye for now and God bless
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