MAKE ‘EM LAUGH

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“If by chance some day you’re not feeling well and you should remember some silly thing I’ve said or done and it brings back a smile to your face or a chuckle to your heart, then my purpose as your clown has been fulfilled.” Red Skelton

When I was a kid, I often turned to humor for relief.  It was kind of a protective barrier which helped me survive some of the pain of growing up.  We all have skeletons in the closet – past sins that continue to haunt us – things we can’t seem to forgive ourselves for, even though God has already taken care of that.

Often we put on a mask to escape.  We become someone else for a while to keep things on an even keel.  Maybe that’s why I enjoy acting so much.  I can take on a different personality and hide within that persona.

Eventually we have to come out in the open.

Many comedians have this malady.  They become a funny person for the attention – to make someone laugh – to cover some deep seeded pain.  Robin Williams comes to mind.  There are so many who have left this world or become involved in some sort of scandal for those very reasons.

If you had a chance to write your own epitaph what would you like engraved into your tombstone?  I, like Red Skelton, would love to be remembered for making someone laugh a little.  Life is too full of sadness and darkness not to have a little humor mixed into it.

Unlike most deep thinkers, I believe that laughter is good for the soul.  It can take your mind off your troubles even if only for a little while.  It can keep you from falling into the depths of despair when life is attacking from all sides.  It can maintain your sanity even in life’s most difficult situations..

Red Skelton started honing his entertainment skills at the age of ten, when he appeared in a medicine show.  He continued to work in show business for the rest of his life.  He performed his brand of comedy on a show boat, in burlesque, vaudeville, radio and movies and finally on television.  He was kind of a quirky fellow, who would never make it in today’s world, because his humor was more  slapstick and unsophisticated, but sometimes we need that kind of funny too.  A good pie in the face never hurt anyone and I personally can attest to that.

When we’re suffering through depression; when we’ve lost someone dear to us in death; when we wonder if we have enough money to make it to the next payday – if there is one;  when we’ve suffered a relationship loss;  we need to grieve for a while, but we need to pull up our bootstraps at some point and smile again too. The alternative isn’t pretty.

Proverbs 15:13 – A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

 

 

About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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8 Responses to MAKE ‘EM LAUGH

  1. You have succeeded— 🤣🥰as you always bring a smile to my face or a good laugh!!
    Frydays is one 😂

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  2. I’m not sure that I would have survived childhood if not for Red Skelton. He made me laugh and forget my insecurities!

    it was somewhat ironic when as a small child, our oldest was able to go trick or treating at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA. He didn’t live behind a big wall and his many Rolls Royce’s were on display for all to see as they drove by his home.

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  3. hatrack4 says:

    I loved this post immensely. I have always enjoyed making people laugh, and Red Skelton was my hero growing up. In an HBO special, he closed with something along the lines of “I hope you enjoyed laughing for the past hour and a half without hearing any four-letter language.” Until he said that, I had not noticed. I just laughed. And a lot of my story telling and joke telling is acting out the originator’s routine rather than simply telling the joke, even though I add my flavor to it. In a way, I put on many masks. Oh, I could go on for hours…

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  4. I have always loved making people laugh and yes as a child some stemmed from things that happened that shouldn’t have and from the fact of always battling weight.
    I firmly believe that humor gets us through so many things and is a true gift from God.
    Love Red Skelton. It was the one show my dad made sure to watch when we were kids. At a teen I got to see him in person at the Clay County Fair and he did not disappoint!

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      We have a lot in common. It was the same with me and weight. I’d love to meet you someday but glad we can be friends here.

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