Many years ago I met a friend for lunch in New York City before seeing a play. During the meal he took a call from his mother that upset him terribly. I could feel the afternoon’s excitement slipping away and no amount of banter on my part seemed to affect his darkening mood. We dolefully took a cab to the theatre district and went to see the actor Martin Short in a musical review he had created in celebration of his life. The play lasted approximately an hour and a half and we never stopped laughing from the beginning to the end. We floated out of the theatre on a cloud of well-being. I’ve never forgotten how that show radically shifted the mood of the day and how laughter is a crucial element in the design of one’s life.
For me good humor is like a hook on the end of a fishing line . . . it pulls me in. Sometimes just the sound of a stranger laughing in a public place can transition my disposition. I have actually had to pull my car over to the side of the road because my companion was making me laugh with such vigor, I was no longer sure I could navigate the vehicle safely. If you can find friends and colleagues who make you laugh so hard you need to stop driving a car, I believe you have found the most precious jewel. Think about it—as we trudge through life, paying bills, completing tasks, worrying, saving, planning, reconstructing—don’t we all need a tiny sip of wine, a little block of chocolate and a friend who reminds us of the divine comedy? Really, . . . in the end, what else is there?When the Lord brought back the captives of Zion, we were like men dreaming. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with rejoicing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The lord has done great things for us; we are glad indeed. Psalm 126~