Friday, August 14, 2009

Applied Hysterics

Today, I invite you to come with me to indulge.
This one concerns one heck of a journey.
The incredible journey of laughter.
So here we go.

"A little boy opened the large old family Bible,
and he looked with fascination at the ancient pages as he turned them one by one.
He was still in Genesis when something fell out of the Bible.
He picked it up and looked at it closely.
It was a very large old tree leaf that had been pressed between the pages of the Bible long ago.
"Momma, look what I found!" the boy called out.
"What do you have there?" his mother asked.
With astonishment in his voice, the young boy answered,
"I think it's Adam's underwear!"

Laughter can be healthy, non-demeaning, non-ridiculing and incredibly liberating.
That is why laughter, they say, is the best medicine.
It has the capacity to unleash physiological, psychological and spiritual benefits that most people, particularly those accustomed to the conservative lifestyle of sacred seriousness, are blissfully unaware of.
Laughter is so therapeutic. It is the perfect antidote of boredom, moodiness, stress, anxiety, anguish, depression and paranoia-- major sources of many debilitating diseases and disorders .
I am now one of those people who believe that each of us is born with the gift of laughter.
Come to think of it, apart from crying, the most universally important language of every baby is laughter.
Laughter has become a serious business all of a sudden in the ├╝ber stressful, almost neurotic environment we live in. That is why comedians are laughing all the way to the bank, making brisk businesses at our expense!
My suggestion for those thinking of reinventing themselves, rejuvenating and bringing back joy and lightness into their lives is to begin by first learning to laugh, and live, all over again.
It is as simple as that.
So go on.
Dose yourself on a daily cocktail of punchlines to send yourself into the orbit of redeeming stitches.
Here is another. Enjoy!
Punishment for Missing Church
A country preacher decided to skip services one Sunday to spend the day hiking in the wilderness.
Rounding a sharp bend in the trail, he collided with a bear and was sent tumbling down a steep grade.
He landed on a rock and broke both legs.
With the ferocious bear charging at him from a distance, the preacher prayed,
"O Lord, I'm so sorry for skipping services today.
Please forgive me and grant me just one wish--make a Christian out of that bear that's coming at me!"
At that very instant, the bear skidded to a halt, fell to his knees, clasped his paws together, and began to pray aloud at the preacher's feet:
"Dear God, please bless this food I am about to receive."

2 comments:

Enkay said...

Spot on!
A joyful heart is good medicine, not just for the soul but for the body too!

posekyere said...

Thanks Enkay!
A merry heart is like a healing balm.