In Others’ Words: Have a Look Around

comedy Mel Brooks 2014rsz Perspective makes a huge difference in life. Sometimes perspective makes all the difference.

Here’s the thing though: to gain perspective you have to live through something and then you have to look at that experience and ask “So, what did that teach me?”

I’ve learned that it’s okay to cry when you need to cry — after going through a season in my life when I refused to cry. And I’ve learned to laugh more than you think you need to. Never at another person. But laugh out loud. Laugh with family and friends — and go ahead and laugh when you’re by yourself.

Laughter is refreshing. Healing. It nourishes our hearts, minds, and souls.

And here’s a little bit of comedy a la yours truly — because everybody should have a blooper reel, right? Enjoy!

In Your Words: Looking around your world recently, where have you found comedy, a reason to laugh?

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  1. May 21, 2014, 6:02 am   /  Reply

    I have a blooper reel from when I taped the video for the Frasier. Seventeen tries. After a while, it really begins to sound canned. Ended up taking a break and then FINALLY was able to get a decent one.

    Every day I usually say something like, you’ll laugh about this one day. Because a lot of times, if you don’t laugh, you will cry.

    • May 21, 2014, 6:45 am   /  Reply

      I hate crying. It makes my mascara run. didn’t know I WORE mascara?

      Silly me…

      • May 21, 2014, 7:36 am   /  Reply

        Now really, Andrew!
        All I can say is I am glad I wasn’t drinking or eating when I read that comment!!!

      • May 21, 2014, 9:10 am   /  Reply

        Ditto Beth, Andrew! Laughed. Out. Loud!

    • May 21, 2014, 9:09 am   /  Reply

      Only 17, Pat? 🙂 I had about that many too. And for my introductory vlog when I first began my blog? Um, about 36 takes before I got one I liked. Yeah, I’m just slow that way. 🙂

    • May 21, 2014, 3:29 pm   /  Reply

      Laughing and crying often go together. Or happen one after the other. Simultaneously. In rapid succession … whatever.

  2. May 21, 2014, 6:44 am   /  Reply

    It’s been an interesting week. On top of receiving a rather disconcerting medical opinion (You’re gonna DIE! And it’s gonna hurt worse than it does now!) I lost a tooth, to the delayed results of an old injury.

    Well, I took that as a sign, and I suggested to Barbara that she could have the tooth placed in a setting for a necklace…something to remember me by when I’m dead.

    Perhaps I should not have mentioned that while she was drinking Pepsi and perusing Facebook, because I got the screen-clean detail for my sins.

  3. May 21, 2014, 7:27 am   /  Reply

    I LOVE that quote! So much!

    Can’t watch the video just yet, but I will a little later in the day.

    Where have I found laughter lately? Um, pretty sure I’ve been laughing at myself the past week or so–and my up and down emotions surrounding deadline. You gotta laugh or you’ll cry…or in my case, I think I did both last week. LOL! But seriously, it is good to be able to step back, not take yourself too seriously, and laugh…

    • May 21, 2014, 3:28 pm   /  Reply

      Laughter is a mental and emotinal lifesaver for me. Truly.

  4. May 21, 2014, 7:54 am   /  Reply

    Umm, I can totally win an UMM count!!

    I LOVED this! And was there a plane coming?

    • May 21, 2014, 3:27 pm   /  Reply

      We had to stop filming numerous times because there were U.S. Air Force Academy gliders flying right over Sonia’s house. Yeah. Gliders. And the tow plane was noisy.

  5. May 21, 2014, 8:00 am   /  Reply

    We have some customers come in the store, and their very presence makes us all stop and smile. That’s the kind of person I’d like to be. (It’s interesting that most of these people are men. Wonder why?)

    Your video made me stop and smile. Thanks for sharing.

    • May 21, 2014, 3:26 pm   /  Reply

      Jackie: So glad I could brighten your day. 🙂

  6. May 21, 2014, 8:12 am   /  Reply

    I counted. In my latest vlog, I had 22 umm’s. in 3:45. I think.

    • May 21, 2014, 3:25 pm   /  Reply

      This is why we do not count our “ums.” 😉

  7. susan
    May 21, 2014, 9:04 am   /  Reply

    It took me years to learn to laugh at myself, but God blessed me with a BFF who has taught me how to truly laugh. One of my best gifts ever!

    • May 21, 2014, 3:25 pm   /  Reply

      Sounds like a wonderful BFF, Susan. A keeper — forever and ever, amen.

  8. May 21, 2014, 9:13 am   /  Reply

    I loved this, Beth. And I laughed. Somedays I feel like my life is a blooper reel, but then my kids do or say something that remind me it’s not. 🙂

    And those kids of mine? Yeah, they make me laugh on a regular, usually daily basis. They have such a wonderful take on life. They help me get outside myself and laugh.

    • May 21, 2014, 3:24 pm   /  Reply

      Oh, Jeanne: yeah. So glad there’s not a videocamera rolling every day of my life!

  9. May 22, 2014, 11:51 am   /  Reply

    Beth, I can always count on my youngest to make me laugh. If she doesn’t say something hilarious, she is laughing contagiously! Veins popping out in her neck! And I love keeping a journal. I’ve been horrible about it recently, but I look back at things the girls said when they were little … and laugh myself silly!

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