by Leslie Sann
“At first, I only laughed at myself. Then I noticed that life itself is amusing. I’ve been in a generally good mood ever since.”
~ Marilyn vos Savant
Have you ever seen a movie where a person was hurriedly walking down the street in the rain, perhaps they had an umbrella, or maybe they were pretending that their newspaper was going to keep them dry and suddenly a car plummets down the street, careens into a puddle and POW, that person trying to stay dry is now a soaking mess?
Well, just the other day that person was me as a silver pick-up truck plowed through a puddle at a bazillion miles an hour oblivious to little ‘ol me doing my best to stay tucked under my umbrella. My whole left side was soaked and in an instant the wet turned cold.
I noticed there was a part of me that wanted to get upset. It was a thought wanting to go on a rant about that so and so but I didn’t follow that thought into misery. Instead, I came present in the moment and what I experienced was calm amusement.
It was funny.
It was funny to be suddenly on a movie set.
I’m sure there was a hidden camera someplace!
One of my mentors loves to say, if it is going to be funny later you may as well laugh now. I wasn’t thinking of those words so I could make myself laugh … pithy statements are lovely and they are not really transformative. It is the daily doing, the ongoing shifting up into joy, that paves a path to travel on to amusement when soaked on the side of the road.
Giggling my way to my car I mentally changed my plans due to my new soggy circumstances. I decided to go home, take a hot shower and tuck in on my comfy couch nestled into the warmth of my wood burning fireplace. So what it is the end of May. I was chilled and the idea of warming up and cozying-in had me happy.
What are you upset with now that in a day or two, or maybe longer, when you look back on your upset you will see the funny in it? Why wait until then? Have yourself a giggle now. Getting upset about it isn’t going to make it any easier to deal with, whatever it is. But joy … happy … that’s a whole other realm … that is where the creative mind opens up and offers solutions to our troubles.
So when upset … do a happy dance … invite yourself to be amused … or invite a Muse (one of Zeus’s daughter who is a creative influence) to come play with you. Ask her to bring a blessing of inspiration.
Truly, I was inspired to cozy up to my fire. It was a lovely evening. Thank you reckless man driving that truck. Thank you Muse writing this article. Thank you reader for considering that you too can giggle your way out of soggy circumstances.
Now quit considering it and go out and do it!
Love and Blessings,