Laugh Whenever You Can

I went to a funeral recently. Yes, an odd opening for a post on laughing but it was a very lovely funeral celebrating the life of a very kind and much loved woman. There were tears of course, but afterwards, at the wake, there was also an awful lot of laughter and fun in that bitter sweet way that happens at funerals.

Mad wedding dancingThis week end I am going to a hen day for a friend who has actually been married for 19 years but at the time of her wedding was being treated for cancer and not much up for too much jollity. So she’s having it now and has had huge fun planning it. Go Sue!

It’s the season for hen parties and I’m off to Scotland for one soon too. The bride’s sister has asked us to each take something small, inexpensive and handmade for the bride that is about us and her. I did think about knitting her something but she’s my niece and I love her too much to inflict a knitted headband on her for her hen night, (she would have worn it too). In the end, after talking with my daughter, I came up with the idea of a small notebook containing some of the things I hold dear in life, sayings, advice given me etc., with space for her to add her own as and when the mood strikes.

I’ve written some daft and funny things in it and a few serious, but yesterday’s funeral made me realise that there is one piece of advice that I hold dear. It is simply this:

The bad and sad stuff of life comes at us unbidden, we have no choice over that. Whenever, ever you can, celebrate the good things in life. Take time to smile, enjoy life, kiss someone every day (in her case preferably her husband), and never miss an opportunity to have a party!

What’s your favourite piece of advice?

By the way, the picture is of my son’s wedding last year, a really joyous time. (My other bit of advice is dance like no one is looking!)

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Posted on May 29th, 2013 by

3 Responses to “Laugh Whenever You Can”

  1. Karen Redman says:

    Do something really silly every day … and LAUGH. If there’s something that is really troubling you try to think ahead 10 years – whatever is bothering you probably won’t even be remembered by then.
    Also – if you have time – please remind me of my own good advice! It’s all to easy to get bogged down with life.

    • Jane says:

      Brilliant. I think I do something silly most days, although not always intentionally… :>) Thanks, Karen.

  2. Alison Terry says:

    “If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
    Ludwig Wittgenstein
    Not sure who Ludwig was, but a good observation on life!

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