A few days ago my husband and I visited a park with a few members of our family. I watched my youngest granddaughter playing with her cousins…and in a matter of seconds she was instantly drawn to a standpipe that held her interest.
I quickly got into my grandma’s mode and unknowingly to her…turned on the tap to a trickle flow… enough to keep her amused. The smile on her face was priceless as she felt that she was in control of the water as she attempted to manually turn the tap off and on.
The truth of the matter is, she was not in control …but she was thrilled to overflowing as she assumed that the trickled water was her big girl moment.
My Aha Moment:
As a child, my siblings and I used to laugh hundreds of times a day. Coming from a large family there were many things to laugh about. Now as adults, whenever we get together the good old jokes seems to replay in full outright animation during our conversations, and the hearty laughs find its way back to our childhood.
I’ve found that laughter has been missing in our homes, schools, and workplaces. Laughter is now a rare thing. People with a good sense of humor are fun to be around, but they are almost nonexistent.
Laughter makes you feel good, and the good feelings that you get when you laugh remains with you long after the laughter subsides.
My twenty-two month old granddaughter didn’t have a clue that she was not in total control of the standpipe…but it was enough happiness for her to see the water trickle down on her hand. She didn’t care who or what was in charge ….she was just happy that her hands were getting wet, and this moment bought much joy to the rest of the clan.
Now every time I see her picture, it will make me smile just knowing that she was happy with a little trickle of water coming from a standpipe that she and her cousins were seeing for the first time.
Humor helps us to keep a positive outlook through difficult situations. Even in the most difficult times, a laugh or a simple smile can go a long way. No one can feel angry or sad when we are laughing.
Most of my laughter doesn’t come from hearing jokes, but simply spending time with family and friends.
It’s not an awful idea to become like a child and enjoy a little trickle of happiness. If you did not grow up in a household where laughter was a normal sound, you can still learn to laugh at any stage in your life.
God places the lonely in families. A person that has friends must first show themselves as friendly.
We are always in control of our thoughts so choose to be happy and confident rather angry or insecure.