Yesterday, I learned that my father has cancer. My Dad and I have a close relationship for a variety of reasons. We both have a “Keep Calm and Carry On” attitude towards life that makes us leaders during difficult times. We both also have a similar wacky sense of humour. Dad has an apron that he used to wear with the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Show when he would barbeque. As a kid, I grew up watching The Muppet Show, and the various movies. Even as an adult they still have the ability to make me laugh.
Humour is a coping mechanism that I learned from an early age. It was my Dad’s sense of fun that taught me life should also be joyful. Friends and family members who bless my life with their love also often have a good sense of humour and view life with a sense of fun. Earlier today a good friend of mine had me over at her place for a visit as she knows that I am worried about my Dad. Now she is one of my friends who has a wacky sense of humour.
She began to bang on cookie sheets, and act silly just like the Swedish Chef to get me laughing. By the time she was done her baking it took all of my self-control not to spit out my tea because I was laughing so hard. For a couple of hours I managed to forget my worries and my fears about my Dad’s health. That laughter continued later on when we were watching Adam Sandler movies.
Laughter has the power to heal and soothe the heart. Our ability to feel joy from laughing makes all the pain that can come with living worth it. When our hearts are fearful, sorrowful, or in pain it is important to be reminded that the joyous side of life can be the balm for the spirit. Wouldn’t God also want us to find the time to laugh, sing and dance?