Sunday, 31 December 2017
New Year Resolutions
Happy New Year to one and all. I hope and pray that for you it will be a peaceful one filled with joy, hope and good health.
Have you made a New Year Resolution yet? Have you broken it already? And start again tomorrow?
A lot of people make New Year resolutions; and that's a good thing. They see the start of a new year as a new beginning for them to look at themselves and improve themselves and their lives.
Apparently, most new year resolutions involve losing weight. People resolve to eat less, exercise more, go to the gym more often, go out for a run and so on. But sadly, they soon give up their will-power and go back to the old ways as before. But then, that's human nature I suppose.
This year, whether you have made a new year resolution or not, may I suggest that you consider seriously taking on my suggestion as a resolution.
Make a resolution to laugh more often this year.
Yes ... to laugh more often. Every day find a reason to laugh. Look at situations in a different way and see the funny side in everything. Buy a humourous book, (I've written a few), and every day read at least one joke or funny story to make you laugh; or at least smile.
You'll feel good for it. It will make you feel younger. You will look younger because a smile radiates a certain joy and happiness in one's face.
Let me tell you of a new year's resolution I made years ago when I was young. I resolved to write in my diary one joke every day. I kept that resolution for a year, or even more, and by the end of the first year I had 365 jokes in my diary. Not any jokes, mind you.They had to be jokes that made me laugh. I went to the library and borrowed many funny books and read them from cover to cover. And there were times when for a week or ten days I had written nothing in my diary, because none of the jokes or stories I read made me laugh and therefore were not worthy for an entry in my diary. So I had a lot of catching up to do. I read even more, and also started making up my own jokes to make me laugh.
And that's when I noticed something strange. I started to develop a sense of humour. I had in my head a little dictionary of jokes and one-liners on a variety of subjects. Whenever the occasion arose I said what was on my mind. Like:
She has a magnetic personality. Just don't take her to the kitchen or else the cutlery will stick to her.
He is such a hypochondriac that when he dies they will bury him next to a doctor.
He was so old that his teeth were like the Ten Commandments - all broken.
Such jokes stood me well when I compered a vaudeville type show to raise money for various charities. And I must say, they diffused many a tense situation at work with colleagues and clients.
And now, years later, I find that humour seems to be part of my life. It's not a carefree life by any means and, like many people, I do have my fair share of problems. But I find that humour seems to be at the back of my mind most of the time. I could be discussing or listening to a serious matter with friends and yet trying to suppress a smile because my mind is working out a funny side to what is a sad, or tragic, situation.
That's how most of my funny blogs get written. Out of the blue, at any time, a thought comes to mind which I have to put on paper as quickly as I can before I forget it. Most inconvenient at certain times which I will leave to your imagination!
Anyway ... please, at least consider taking up my suggestion. Try to laugh and smile more often this year.
Have a splendid year and don't forget to pray for me. The more people who do the more chance God is likely to listen.