Life abounds with absurdity.
An extreme but harmless series of events shakes your life like a snowglobe and leaves your shredded plans floating down around you. Like the time I planned my day down to the minute preparing for a dinner party. After bathing my two children three times each, cleaning countless bathroom and muddy messes, a last-minute trip to the store and finally an overflowing washing machine that requisitioned every towel I could spare, I clamped down on my tongue so I wouldn’t utter, “What next?”
Grown-ups throw absurd temper tantrums. Like the driver who didn’t like how fast I was moving my car. She sped up, honked, swerved in front of me, then threw out a rude hand gesture to make sure I got the message. Thanks, honey, message received!
In these moments, laughter is the best response. Your other options are frustration, anger, embarassment…oh, why should I even go on? Just laugh it off! Two hours before my dinner party, I stood in the middle of my swampy kitchen and laughed ’til I had to run to to the bathroom (where there were no towels to dry my hands.) And that impatient driver? The one who was so furious because Idrove the speed limit, forcing her to use the passing lane? I laughed about that for the rest of the day. It was so over-the-top; and over-the-top, when harmless, is funny!
Did you make an idiot of yourself for the fifteenth time in a row over the exact same thing? Allow yourself a giggle, forgive yourself for being human and try again next time.
I know this one is harder. Laughing at other people’s absurdity is so much easier and usually a lot more fun, right? But it can be a relief to laugh at our own foolishness. Anger usually leads to something worse; frustration ties us up in knots. Laughter, though, is like a good breather before trying another lap.
Trust me. When it comes to human absurdity, I’m one of the funniest people I know!
Be kind to yourself,