Skooter reporting 07/19/12
A distinguish gentleman whom I met in London said to me, “imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.” After hearing this, I came across a book entitled “My War With the United States,” written by a certain Ludwig Bemelmans. Among the many regulations published by the U.S. Army is a book that gives advice on practical matters to noncommissioned officers.
One piece of advice tells an officer how to help soldiers who have argument become friends again. One way of resolving the problem, would be to assign the men to wash the same window, one working on the outside, the other inside.
Bemelmans says, “Looking at each other, they soon have to laugh and let bygones be bygones, meaning all is forgotten. It works, I have tried it.”
I realized then that laughter shared between friends is one of life’s great treasures. Not only laughter is free, but it is renewable resource, and one with innumerable benefits. It brings back a sense of balance to a depressing day. It builds up energy in a deteriorating spirit. It helps lighten the load of sorrow, grief, and suffering. It tightens the bonds of relationship.
Laughter has an enormously high rate of return. It brings positive outcomes when we laugh with others, rather than laughing at them.
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine… Proverbs 17:22
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