So get a few laughs and do the best you can. Don’t have an ideal to work for. That’s like riding towards the mirage of a lake. —Will Rogers—
Human societies seem to go from crisis to crisis, fraught with injustice, oppression, and deception. But comedy is a gift of the human spirit. Sometimes it is the only weapon we have against official absurdity. Doesn’t it often seem as though those who most clearly understand the dangers that face us are the ones who can play most wholeheartedly?
Laughter and play don’t mean carelessness. Each of us must make our way through these serious times, carefully ordering our priorities and doing what we need to safeguard our spiritual growth. One temptation that besets many of us is to take ourselves so seriously that we begin to attach great weight to unimportant gestures. Humor is a wonderful tool for shaping us back down to size.
Sharing play is sometimes the only way we can touch another human being. Let us be grateful for the gift of true humor wherever we encounter it. It gives us strength to continue.
Today’s events will remind me who I am. I will accept them with humor.