The ability to laugh is so simple yet so powerful. “Every time you are able to find humor in a difficult situation, you win.”
Sunday I found myself battling a terrible stomach ache at the end of a fun day at the parish picnic. As we drove home, I advised my husband to take the county road home; I was not feeling well. Per my prediction, we did not make it home before I got sick. We had to stop twice in a very short stretch of the road so I could get out to puke.
Upon entering the car the second time, my youngest son was crying. “Does your tummy hurt?” my husband asked him.
“No, I didn’t get to see mommy throw up.” was his angry and pitiful reply.
All I could do was laugh.
My laughter seemed to calm him and led to giggles from my husband and other two kiddos. We rode silently home the rest of the way, except when my husband checked to see if I was okay.
My tummy definitely didn’t win that day, but humor did. In being able to laugh, I showed my kiddos I would be okay and that we don’t need to get upset about little things (like mommy puking). 🙂
While I don’t encourage laughing at sick people, I do encourage you to find the humor in the rough spots of your day. Who knows the laughter you bring to a tough situation may be the catalyst for change. Your joy may be the one thing that was needed to get past a sticky situation or a downward slide. Humor wins every time.
By: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. The picnic didn’t make me sick. It was just a virus.