“Celebrate your success and find humor in your failures. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Loosen up and everyone around you will loosen up. Have fun and always show enthusiasm. When all else fails, put on a costume and sing a silly song.” Sam Walton
I love to sing, but I have to admit my voice isn’t as good as it once was. I never know when I’ll hit a wrong note. I’m never sure if it will crack or disappear completely. I’ve also had some problems with words when I speak. Sometimes I simply can’t find the right one or say something that has no bearing on the conversation. Some think it may be my age. Others might say it’s because my words aren’t as organized when I speak as when I write. Maybe I simply don’t stop to think before I speak.
Aging comes with all kinds of problems, but lately it’s been a change in the words I use. Am I overthinking this? Am I confused? Am I trying too hard? Maybe because I work so hard at finding the right words when I write, I’ve not been able to categorized or spell check or edit the words I speak and my brain is simply done with it.
One thing I do know is that we must maintain a sense of humor through all of it. Of course we must think before we speak because we can’t take those words back. Yet we can make something funny out of what we just said by laughing at ourselves. I’ve found this to be rather therapeutic as I go through this aging process. There are a billion funny things that happen to us in our lifetime. It becomes more apparent as we grow older.
Sam Walton was the founder of Walmart. He went through the depression and knew what struggle was all about, yet he built a multi-billion dollar business. I’m not saying that laughter is going to make you a success, but it will certainly ease the difficulty and put things into perspective. It didn’t hurt Sam to have fun and not take himself too seriously.
Today I will make an effort to find the humor in things. I’m sure God has a great sense of humor. After all, He made me.