Some of you may have noticed a lag between this and my last Wisdom blog (Day One 5/22/17). I’ve had a lot to say about our recent elections and their fallout . We are at political DefCon Alpha. Current events get in the way of more general thoughts about life. As a student of history, a world traveler, a user of the Oxford comma, and a person of faith I have a whole lot to say about our Orwellian present.
But today let’s veer off the political track for a moment and let me tell you about a practice I am new at and love: laughing at myself.
One of my character flaws is that I take myself seriously. Those who love me say I take myself too seriously. To be perfectly honest, sometimes I do. Okay, lots of times. That being said, when I laugh at myself something happens. My perspective shifts and I experience a sharp drop of stress. It’s a two for one special: freedom from self-judgment and openness to self-acceptance.
So the entirety of my wisdom for today is this: learn to laugh at yourself – your foibles, your missteps, your idiocy – and don’t wait until you are my age to do it. Life will be so much easier to navigate.