Everyone knows laughter is good for the mind, body, and soul. Which is strange, considering when it is most needed, people frown on a good bout of laughter.
I hate my job. I hate my boss, I hate my co-workers, I hate the paperwork, I hate the pay (trust me, it’s pitiful), I hate the schedule. I could go on for hours. The point is, I refuse to take it too seriously! It’s supposed to be a high-stress environment, yet I simply can’t see it that way. After being here for a year however, the stress was starting to get to me, and it was affecting my sleep patterns, blood pressure, relationships, even my work performance! (Because that is SO important in the grand scheme of things.) I didn’t know what to do. Then I got the best advice ever! When things are at their absolute, world-ending, point of no return worst, realize how much that shit just doesn’t matter and laugh at it!
Everyday, when things get to their worst, I simply stop for 30 seconds, think about something very funny or embarrassing (like that night at the rave… yikes!), and I laugh out loud. Just no holds barred, side splitting, good ol fashioned laughing out loud. And you know what? Life has never been better. Even right know I’ve got a good chuckle going!
Who gives a rat’s ass about work? We’re there because we “have” to be. (I say “have” because I think having a job is right about the worst thing a person can do for their health and happiness. But that’s another conversation) When I leave work at night, getting that extra email done, or that report in simply doesn’t matter to me. And the laughter reminds me what a load of crap working extra hard to make someone else rich is.
My co-workers think I’m crazy because I tell them to laugh more. My friends think I’m crazy because I tell them to laugh at their “problems.” My family thinks I’m crazy because I laugh at the family drama. It’s all just so silly! The trick is to realize this fact. I think people simply take things in life that don’t mean shit at the end of the day FAR too seriously. Let go a little people! Allow yourselves a small laugh. You can’t laugh without smiling, and people like when you smile!
Laughter is a universal medicine, and we all need a very large dose! Love yourselves enough to enjoy life a little.
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Hey man, I wish I had the strength to laugh in my dark moments. Normally I don’t have the consciousness necessary available at that moment, and so I get carried away by anger or sadness. It’s tragic really…
Anyway, Osho agrees with you, and I agree with the both of you. Now to remember to laugh when I really need to…