Laugh: I choose laughter as the notes of my song. This temporal life is a journey to be enjoyed. I look for the comedy in situations, and I learn to laugh at my own comedy of errors.
Once, when my children were young, I needed to look under the hood of our car to see why it wouldn’t start. I’m not a mechanic so I’m not sure what I hoped to find, but I did the cursory glance, tugged a few wires, and started to close the hood when I was startled by an earsplitting blast from the car’s horn. I jumped and banged my head on the hood.
Frustration and irritation set in as I tried to figure out what had happened and why. I slammed the hood down, and saw my oldest son with a look of hope and fear on his face. He hoped I wouldn’t be mad, but he was afraid I would be. But, the look of hope also had a hint of something else. He seemed to be holding something in. I realized he and I had a choice to make, anger or laughter. I chose to laugh, and when I did, the rest of the family joined me. They laughed and guffawed at Dad holding his head and laughing because his son had gotten the better of him.
The reason Stone Eleven begins with “I choose laughter” is because it is a choice. The more we choose laughter over anger or any other emotion, the easier it becomes to return to laughter time after time. Life is a play, and we are the actors, but we also decide whether the play is a tragedy or a comedy. Choose wisely, and watch your head.
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