A sense of humor… 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.
-Hugh Sidney, American Journalist, 1927-2005
I am emotionally fragile. It is not something to be proud of. At 44, loud noise still startles me. I cannot tolerate rudeness. Arguments tire me. I can perceive even hints of hostility in tone and demeanour and they bother me. I worry a lot.
I’d be a wreck but for my sense of humour. Nothing cheers me like an intelligent joke (again, no crassness or meanness there – I cannot tolerate racist, sexist or personal jokes). The form of humour I like best is self-deprecating. P.G.Wodehouse is my God. Erma Bombeck cheers me like no other. I am known to tear up at Calvin and Hobbes. Most of the blogs I follow are of people who can laugh at themselves and make others laugh with them. The first thing that touched me about my now husband when I met him first was his sense of humour and the loud laugh that accompanied a joke.
When I can’t laugh at a joke, or perhaps make a joke, or make light of my situation, it is a sure sign that I need help. Through most of 2016, after I had deleted my blog, I was in a rut. The dark veil of hopelessness seemed impossible to lift. Yet, the moment I started this blog two months ago, and started reading funny people on my reader, my sense of humour slowly returned and I could feel the veil lift. I could smile, I could laugh at myself, I could even meditate in peace.
Both Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi are known to have said that their sense of humour was what had kept them alive. I can completely relate to that sentiment. The day I cannot laugh at myself would as well be the day I fall.
Musician-blogger Rob from “For friends without borders” nominated me for the 3-quote challenge and this is my second quote. The three people that I tag with this post are:
Uma of Uma’s reflections
Carol of Wanderings of an Elusive Mind
There is no obligation to take up the tag. If you choose to, you write on three consecutive days about a quote that impressed you, and tag three others in each post, to do the same. This is a nice way to share blogs you find interesting with others.