THE INVINCIBLE POWER OF LAUGHTER
On this blog, I seem to keep going back over old ideas, "rehashing" the same basic thoughts -- but I guess that's what I'm enjoying so much. More and more, the truths of life seem fairly simple. Not that life is "easy" for me to understand -- far from it -- but the proper way to live life, or the best approach to life, does seem less complicated as the years pass -- and a big part of that relatively straightforward approach is simple acceptance. It seems to me that acceptance is at the heart of what Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu,
So, if we humbly and totally accept the fact that there's pain in the world, and in our lives, this can (at least sometimes) enable us to "deal" with the pain and eventually overcome it, because acceptance frees up the overwhelming power of all that is not pain -- love, gentleness, patience, kindness, perseverance. If we're not so busy resisting and fleeing from pain, we're free to face it, look at it carefully, even marvel at it, and then get to work changing the situation. Acceptance and non-resistance brings a peacefulness, an openness, that lets in the real power in life -- the power of harmony instead of discord.
In a previous post, I mentioned Jay Leno, primarily because the best kind of comedy and humor is, in a way, all about acceptance. If we can laugh about something, we have accepted it. Of course, the same is true, strangely, of crying. If we can heartily cry about a situation, we have accepted it. Laughter and tears are brother and sister. Remember crying because you were happy, and joking about something because you were scared? Both laughter and tears mean we're not fighting our pain, running from it, denying it, hiding from it. We're facing it, working on it, and slowly moving through it. I've often thought about the people in