“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer.” Leonard da Vinci
Schedule Recess, Big People Call it Constructive Rest.
Remember the ‘old’ days when it was okay to leave a building screaming for joy at the top of your lungs? How long has it been since you have had the chance to listen to the sound of glee at the local elementary school as recess begins or school has let out for the day?
How many times a day do you laugh, make noise or, make a funny, happy face? When you leave work at the end of the day, do you go quietly to your car, or, shout with abandonment? After you tuck the kiddies into bed, do you let loose with a jubilant ‘Yee-Ha?’ Do you engage in tennis, go bowling or partake in a round of golf and say you are going out to play? Why is it, that when we become adults we relinquish our exuberance to a long forgotten box in the basement or a trunk in a dark corner of the attic?
‘They’ say that laughter is the best medicine. Universities employ post-doctoral ‘investigators’ whose goal is to prove that laughter facilitates healing in the body. Books have been dedicated to that very subject. So, why don’t we chuckle, giggle, or hoot more often?
Could it be that we take ourselves too seriously? Byron Katie, the author of “Loving What Is” has stated that “our problems come from our thinking, but only 100% of the time.” You may ask, ‘how can we NOT take life seriously?’ There is responsibility at work, for work; feeding, clothing and providing for our family; raising respectful, respectable children; taxes; economic downturns and unemployment, little to no health insurance; poverty, disease and war around the world; as well as other assorted matters of seriousness such as nuclear weapons, or hating a neighbor for the color of his/her skin or they way he/she worships. How can we, as conscientious members of society, not be solemn, somber, stern, even grim? Good grief! Let’s get a grip here! Life is not meant to be lived as sour grapes or pickled tomatoes.
Life is meant to be more like a hot pepper or an ice cream sundae. It is a celebration! Why else would we have music; poetry; pink and orange colored sunrises, lavender-blue sunsets? And chocolate ladies, why have dark, sinewy, savor it slowly chocolate? And, Gentlemen, what about cars, electronic gadgets, football?
Imagine a world in which it is a requirement at the close of your day, to count the number of times you laughed out loud, chuckled or simply felt joy! Can you visualize how different life would be? Instead of worrying about all the sorrows and stress in life, why not try thinking about and exploring all the enjoyable, pleasurable aspects of your day? Next, picture sharing this happiness with those surrounding you!
Were human kind to see and feel delight in their interaction and dealings with one another, feelings of anger, fear, hate, and jealously might fade into extinction. Demeaning words, glaring stares, and voices raised in anger might just become out-dated modes of communication. Think of the possibilities! Think of the marvelous energies!
When you start to feel as though a thundercloud has settled over your head; when the clichéd ‘fan’ seems to be running at full tilt, stop what you are doing and look for the ‘silly’ in your situation. If you take the time to really look around you, you will see that the cloud and the fan are your own figment, your very own illusion. You can change that in the blink of an eye. When faced with negativity, try a smile and see what happens. You may be surprised at the effect a genuine smile has on the world around you. Before you know it, a chuckle will be heard. It is only a baby step from there to full, blown laughter. To play your way through the day, turn each challenge into a game of strategy; shake your booty to whatever music you hear. It is contagious and it changes your world, perhaps even THE world!