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Being funny. It's a risky business.
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 8:58 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 4719


Sure, I poke fun. When maybe I shouldn’t. I like to laugh. At myself. And at others, too. Maybe my biggest mistake. Is poking fun at people. In no mood to laugh. I catch them at the wrong time. Or their sense of humor. Doesn’t jibe with mine. Humor is a funny thing. Especially when aimed at serious people at serious times. At a funeral, for instance. Sometimes it works. Other times it doesn’t. In a roomful of people, if I get up on stage, and start telling jokes. Some will laugh. Others might jeer. Or look at me with scorn. It’s risky business. Exploiting the funny side of life. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:23 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 4719


 

As an active care-giver, I learned to laugh. It was one of my favorite forms of respite. Late in the evening. Watching comedians. And their take on the funny side of life. I came to musings,  too. Instead of the care-givers forum. To ponder. On almost any subject but care-giving. Worked wonders. Prepared me for another day of care-giving. Relaxed. Refreshed. Rejuvenated. --Jim

 


Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:36 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 4719


I see too many care-givers. Too absorbed. In care-giving. They need to lighten up. To find reason to laugh. A guffaw or two a day, keeps the blues away. --Jim


Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:41 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 4719


I laugh at people who refuse to laugh. Can't help it. They're darn funny. Downright hilarious. --Jim
Jim Broede
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:42 PM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 4719


I was born to laugh and love. In that order. Tell me, do I have my priorities mixed up? --Jim
chrisp1653
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 11:33 PM
Joined: 1/23/2017
Posts: 915


There's nothing wrong with laughing and loving, Jim, but it does sound as if you might be trying to force humor on people who, for one reason or another, aren't in a position to see anything funny about the situation they're facing. There is a time for laughing, and a time to refrain from it.
Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:33 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 4719


As usual, Chrisp. You are a wise man. Reminding me. That kindness and empathy. Should come ahead of the joke. I wonder if Jesus had a sense of humor. If he told jokes. With the intent of making people laugh. Maybe at the dinner table.  Over a glass of wine. Did he ever sing? Or dance? Just let himself be very, very human? Did he ever do stuff he later regretted? Ah, so many questions. That’ a nice thing about life. More questions than answers. Maybe that’s the way it should be. A constant search. For answers. Amidst a sometimes turbulent world. Yes. I need humor in my life. In order to cope. In the toughest of times. I wonder if I’ll die laughing. There are worse ways to go. --Jim


Jim Broede
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 3:53 AM
Joined: 12/22/2011
Posts: 4719


Norman Cousins, the political journalist and author, was diagnosed in 1964 with a rare disease. And given only a few months to live. So he decided to die laughing. Watching videos of his favorite comics. He immersed himself in humor, in laughter. On a daily basis. Lo and  behold, Cousins lived for another 26 years. Until 1990.  He later lectured (I attended one, in Arizona) and  claimed that laughter saved his life. No joke. I believe it. Cousins said, ‘Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.’ --Jim


jfkoc
Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 9:19 AM
Joined: 12/4/2011
Posts: 14568


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TiggerPooh
Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 1:49 AM
Joined: 2/15/2018
Posts: 93


Being serious and sincere, even riskier.
 
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