Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Bucket Full Of Laughter For Us All In 2014!

A HILARIOUS new twist on the old Rumplestiltskin tale by the Brothers Grimm had me laughing in my seat this weekend.

The Pantomime was at the White Rock Players’ Club over the Christmas season. It was a nice way to finish off 2013 and made me realize that I want to laugh more in the New Year.

Humorist Mark Twain once said, "Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." To me his words resonate like a battle cry over real and imagined foes.

When I was little I feared a boogie man under my bed. My mother would assure me there was no such thing. She looked under the bed with me and in the closet to make sure the room was free of monsters so I could sleep peacefully. As I grew away from her protective care and assurances I came to realize life was far scarier than I imagined as a child. People die (my mother included) suddenly before their time and many suffer due to illnesses, wars and natural disasters. There is violence towards non-human life as well. Mankind orbits the galaxy with the beasts and a blanked out map. In search of meaning, incomplete and competing conclusions are met with discontent.

So when does the laughter jump in you ask? Fret as I might I have never found that worrying about anything has improved a single situation. Complex realms of unsolved mysteries are, indeed, fascinating places for the mind to wander. But sometimes letting go of the nightly news to revel in a hardy laugh is what the doctor ordered. I am not talking about a tepid little titter. I want to roll over with glee. I want my sides to ache. I want to venture into the silliest corners of existence and give the frown a tug upside down. The joke is on me if I do not take advantage of the ironic, surprising and comedic moments.

Satirist Will Durst had the inside scoop when he said, "Comedy is defiance. It’s a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it’s the laughter that allows hope to creep in on the inhale.”

So happy 2014 to all! I did not take many pictures during the play so hope the stand-in smiley pail I found in my garage amuses you and that the tears you shed in the coming year will be from laughing uproariously.

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  1. Great post! Happy New Year to you too!

  2. I wish you much laughter in 2014! This was a refreshing post. Thank you for sharing your positive thoughts. ;)

  3. This is a refreshing post indeed! I hope we all have much wonderful laughter in 2014 and can share it with each other!! Thanks for smiles and wishing your a very Happy New Year!!


  4. I have no idea how old you are, but you are wise beyond your years ... what a wonderful post and and delicious reminder of the importance of laughter and joy. In today's world it is all to easy to succumb to sadness and anger ... I too want to laugh and thank you for getting me started on the right foot this New Year. I will join you in looking for the humor in life and puddling with laughter. Happy, hysterical, New Year :)

    Andrea @ From The Sol

  5. Laughter really is the best medicine!

  6. 'Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone'. No idea where this quote is from but many occasions bring it to mind. Happy New Year

  7. I enjoyed this post and wish and yours all the best in the year ahead.

  8. Well, Maria, your post resonated with me for many reasons. What a perfect sentiment to bring me back to blog reading after a hiatus of several months. As dire as things have often seemed during "my" Bill's illness, there has been laughter. Sometimes a lot of it. There has been worry as well. And as you say, that worry hasn't changed the outcomes in the slightest. To take stock of the possibilities, prepare for the worst case scenario, and with that plan firmly in place, let go of fear, would be one goal for the future. Replacing that fear with sides aching, roll-over-with-glee laughter will be another one. Your pictures were just perfect! Thank you for the wonderful reminder to capitalize on Bill's already well-honed sense of humour. Here's to a lot more laughter for you and I and those we love in 2014!

  9. You are so right - and I find that having a hearty laugh, really rolling around, is not only wonderful at the time, but also great to look back on, and has a warming effect for days. Enjoy 2014, and I look forward to reading your posts throughout the year.


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