My mother said to me when I was a child “You take things too seriously!”
I knew she was right.
But, back then, I did not want to know how to be less serious. I thought I was being responsible when I took life seriously.
I took school seriously, I took religion seriously, I tried so to be the perfect one.
What a mistake!
When I was growing up I refused to look for happy, relaxed role models who could show me how to be less serious. It seemed there was no one around to demonstrate how to laugh or gently smile at life.
Now I understand how to laugh at life.
I smile at my thoughts.
Laughing at loss, death, lack, injustice is impossible.
But choosing to laugh at thoughts about loss, death, lack and injustice is not only possible but our purpose. We experience a miracle when we are able to smile at our painful thoughts of attack, judgement and competition. Then people appear in our life to remind us of our inner decision to smile more frequently.
A Course in Miracles describes how all the seriousness started – it was well before my childhood!
“Into eternity, where all is one, there crept a tiny, mad idea, at which the Son of God remembered not to laugh. In his forgetting did the thought become a serious idea…” T-27.VIII.6. 2-3
Every day, tiny mad ideas, creep into our lives, and we have a decision to make! The result of our inner decision is a smile or a frown. There is not much point is trying to smile when we have decided to be serious. I am talking about real change that follows from inner choice.
It is time to remember to laugh.
I find the lyrics from the R.E.M. song “Shiny happy people” helpful:
“Shiny happy people holding hands. Shiny happy people laughing. Whoa, here we go.”