I have a hard time listening to the news anymore. I mean, the world is rough right now. And although there is so much good happening, it's hard to find news about that.
Do you ever think we just take everything so seriously we suck the life out of things? I think we could all do with a big dose of laughter these days, which is probably why my Netflix is primed for the Office and Schitt's Creek reruns.. Life is beautiful and tragic, but it is funny, too. And we humans need a little comic relief everyday.
I have the sacred gift of being able to read the words of my great -grandmother- who wrote about her life in the early 1900's after she and my great-grandfather had married and moved out to Oklahoma after the land run.
She wrote many things, but something in particular that I am so thankful she wrote down, was a day of struggling to get cattle from one side of a ditch and up onto the other. My great grandfather, Shiloh, and his brother tried all day to move the animals, with no luck.
They tried slapping their hind quarters, pushing, finally even pouring dirt in their ears, which apparently was a method used to move cattle in desperation.. Nothing worked. They were bone tired, frustrated, and had no answers.
My great grandmother, Margaret Abby, said Shiloh just leaned back and laughed and then his brother joined in and they were slapping their thighs and having a time. She was not impressed, and a little irritated that they found this all funny.. My great grandmother told her husband she didn't find anything funny about the situation they were in, but Shiloh answered her,
" You know, when things get as bad as they can, that's the time to laugh. "
I love that. And they had a lot of bad come their way , but they did always have the laughter too. They passed that down to my grandad, whose laugh and sense of humor always drew people to him. Life was struggle, but they made it through and brought up my grandad and his 8 siblings, who were some of the finest human beings I've ever met.
All of this to say that sometimes we get a little too serious about life. Laughter and a sense of humor is becoming a lost art. We take ourselves too seriously, because life and the world has been pretty serious as of late, but lets not forget that we aren't the first to go through rough times, and some of the best medicine we have for facing hardship is in laughter and good humor with the people around us.
I can get a little too serious about life and about my art. I put pressure on myself, and become judgmental of my work, or wonder what I'm doing exactly. When that happens, I know it's time to let myself have fun with it and just play. Not worrying about anything, except being fully immersed in this moment in time.
That's what art is, after all; reacting to and being in the moment; allowing our spirit to flow freely without getting in the way. Come to think of it, that's really what a good life is all about.
Here's to laughing more in 2022, no matter what. We've got this, together.