Don’t Forget to Laugh

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We all know it is good to laugh at ourselves, and not take ourselves too seriously. With that in mind, I thought I would pass along these lighthearted statements I heard regarding our self-importance below:

  • At 20 years old we wonder what everybody thinks about us
  • At 40 years old we don’t care what anybody thinks about us
  • At 60 years old we realize nobody was thinking about us

This is truly good news!

This means we don’t have to worry so much about trying to please all those people who aren’t even paying attention to us anyway!

What a huge relief!

Of course, to our loved ones we are important and thought about, as they are to us. However, the vast majority of people are living their own lives, and more concerned about who is watching them.

Now, from those who are paying attention to us, there may come some unsolicited advice. In these situations, we can ask ourselves if what we are hearing is in alignment with who we are, and consider the source of who is giving the feedback.

Often, the comments we receive reflect something going on in another, and rarely have much to do with us personally.

For example, someone may have a need to control those around them, and feel that others should live life according to their plans. Just because we don’t live according to their wishes does not mean we need to alter our life.

However, if what they are saying is helpful, and feels right in our heart and soul, then we can consider their ideas. If not, then it is important to tune out any unhelpful information, and be true to ourselves.

Everyone has a right to their opinion, and we have a right not to listen to it. — Joel Osteen  

Instead of becoming angry with the input we may receive from those around us, we can smile at the glorious freedom we have to follow our own path, and not pay any attention to it.

Hopefully, we will remember to apply laughter and lightness the next time we allow ourselves to worry or become upset by how we’re being perceived by the vast majority of those who are busy looking in another direction.

Are you able to laugh at yourself?

Action Step:

Place the above three phrases in a place you will see them often, as a reminder that life is better when we’re laughing.

 

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4 thoughts on “Don’t Forget to Laugh

  1. YES! I am happiest when I see the silly side of life.Our relationships with partners are important but our friends are EQUALLY important and mine are the best in the world. I LOVE that Joel quote!
    I have a mean relative that espouses his toxic opinions on everyone. I am going to write that down.
    Also. It is a free country and people have a right to say what they want and I have the right not to listen to (some) of them. Keep spreading joy and love. ❤

    • Thanks for your great comments. How wonderful to feel so excited, and filled with gratitude over the friends you have! And, I too love that quote by Joel which helps a lot with those who don’t fill us with such excitement! 🙂

  2. Thank you, Cathie, for your uplifting post!

    This made me think of a song by a German band called “Die Ärzte”. They laugh at themselves very often and inspire others to do so, too. Their lyrics are fun and can be quite provoking. One of their songs is called “Lass die Leute Redn” (= Let the People Talk) which is about gossiping. There is a video with English translation but I did not want to post it in the comments, as it uses, although extremely humorus in meaning, pretty direct language by US-American standards. 😉

    I also love the quote by Joel Osteen which you shared above as well as the idea that this gives us freedom.

    Much love,
    Steffi

    • Many thanks Steffi! The band you describe sounds like they have a great sense of humor, and are very entertaining. Yes, that quote by Joel really says a lot in a wonderful way! 🙂 Blessings my friend, Cathie

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