Does Anybody Remember Laughter?
Yes, the title refers to that “Stairway To Heaven” Live lyric, but no…this is not about Led Zep.
I sent out some Hallmark online Easter cards to some friends. Some serious, a few were on the funny side. I got a response from an old friend, Randy, who appreciated my thinking of him, and always enjoys a good chuckle (and needs them). In his email back to me, he said:
“You know, to be honest with you dear friend, the one sound that i would like to hear the most is that of your robust laughter, of which there has been an understandable paucity of late. Chirping birds and leaf blowers are wonderful, but so is that.”
He’s right. Robust, deep seated, full belly, tear inducing laughter…that has been missing from me for awhile. Sure, I’ll laugh now at things, I’m quicker at finding a smile, or finding that chuckle. But, a laugh like Randy describes? I know it’s been awhile. Quite awhile.
I know I’m not fighting it. I do find things that make me laugh, and I seek them out when possible. One thing that I search out is the show “Too Cute” on Animal Planet: a show devoted to documenting the first three months (or so) of (mainly) kittens and puppies lives. It gives me moments of laughter, and almost always brings a smile to my face. It’s not what Randy hopes to hear, but it’s one thing I give myself and in that process, I have found a breed of cat that I really love: Munchkins! IF I ever get a pet again, I’ll look for them (my daughter, Jessica, called them the Dachshunds of the cat world).
While that is only one thing, I know there is a lot more to do for myself. I want to feel like I used to, to be able to laugh like Randy describes again more freely. Laughter is a very healing tool we have inside of us. Good, healthy laughter is something I look forward to embracing again.
Just can’t force certain things. It is good to be aware of it, but not to beat yourself up about it that it is missing.
It’s only missing, not gone.
Posted on April 1, 2013, in Caring, counseling, Family, Friends, Healing, Inspiration, Love, Mindfulness, Therapy, Transformation and tagged Animal Planet, caring, concern, depression, giving thanks, God, hope, jobless, kittens, Laughter, love, mental health, munchkin cats, munchkins, searching for work, Too Cute, unempolyment. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.