"I really love to laugh, and I have grown in self-confidence which empowers me to laugh easily at myself. I don't always say what I mean to say, particularly when I am really tuckered or at the close of the day...my "concentration" medication having worn off. Instead of saying "rag-a-muffin" I may come out with something like "mag-a-ruffin." My words are not always appropriate and it has caused moments of silence resulting in puzzled looks, including my own. I do not realize what has slipped out until a few seconds later, the processing of information finally reaching my internal "message board." After these honest malfunctions of the tongue, I often begin to giggle at what I've said. Although silence and odd looks may take place when this happens, others either join me....or the conversation ends." ;-) [Excerpt from my book Worthy In His Eyes: Part Five: CREATED TO BEAR FRUIT...Chapter Four: HUMOUR] © Kathleen M. Pritchard
Dedicated to two very precious people [S&D] in my life...our life. Thank you forever for bringing back that "twinkle in my eyes." Love you so dearly.
After 1 & 1/2 yrs. of undergoing many cognitive and neuro-psychological tests, my physician asked me, "Kathie, what is it that you hope for most now that you have this disability?" I had replied, "To see the twinkle back in my eyes again. It's gone and I want it back."
During those early years of massive changes, there seemed to be no room for humour. My days were filled with so much focus on the disability and how to adapt to it's permanent residence in my life, that I had no energy left to try to figure out the humourous side of things.
Yet, as my self-confidence began to strengthen and I gave the tough stuff to the Lord instead of trying to carry the load myself, humour started to naturally shine a spotlight on the upside of life. The first time I laughed out loud while being with some friends, I covered my mouth--shocked by the sound of my own laughter! This was the starting point and it felt great!
Gradually I began to experience laughter in most of my days again. Yet I felt that spirited "twinkle in my eye" remained elusive when I saw photos of myself. THEN, one day we had dear friends [who had moved away some time earlier] over for a visit. They knew us well prior to the accident and had remained by our side as cheerleaders and prayer warriors. When I was with them, I felt so at ease.....so "me." Teasing and laughter, just really great humour and friendship spilled over and I suddenly realized what was happening! They were the vessels God used to unlock that last part of me--that part I ached for so much!!! The "twinkle in my eye" was restored! Tears flooded my eyes that day---happy tears. I didn't want to stop hugging them for their huge part in returning that gift back to me.
This happened so naturally, without effort on their part, or mine. It was just "there" and I immediately knew this was all part of God's amazingly personal timing and love. That barrier was removed and today I have full restoration of my sense of humour :-) It may still take awhile for me to get a joke, but I will "get it" eventually--or I will not--no biggie--the world won't fall apart or be less enjoyable if I don't. It's all good.
My own light-heartedness has fully returned and I really love teasing others again. There's not a day that goes by without Kip and I sharing humour in some sort of form and it's awesome! I have realized that humour really IS good medicine for the soul, it's not just a cliche.
Without a dose of humour daily, life will become tougher and darker. Of course there are days when things are so overwhelming it seems humour has no place, no right to be unleashed. But I can promise you..even on those days..God's gift of spontaneous humour can brighten even the darkest storm. More than that, it provides an opening for more clarity, to see things differently because the intense focus has been lightened, if even just briefly.
Fun, light-hearted, positive, uplifting humour is an off-shoot of joy, and lasting joy comes from having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. It settles deeply into the heart of one who seeks Christ's Presence. Deep rooted joy is there when life is flowing nicely and it's there when the valleys get dark. Embracing this will make an enormous difference to each and every day of your life. God didn't create laughter without the desire for every one of us to experience it, and share it---He is so pleased when we use the gifts He's given us!
This is what lasting joy means to me: J-O-Y: Jesus Overflowing in You!!!
"..she laughs without fear of the future." Proverbs 31: 25b NLT
"A cheerful heart is good medicine..." Proverbs 17: 22 NIV
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