MOTIVATIONAL MOMENT/ Take time out for a laugh today. This occurred to me at the Trenton Mid-Summer Festival when one of the committee members was on the phone with someone who called in to ask about kids activities at the event.
Under a bit of stress and lack of sleep from the four days of nonstop planning and coordination, — following weeks of preparation before the event — the mundane questioning of the caller suddenly struck a funny bone.
I only heard, “ Yes, the kids can shoot the hose at the house“ and, “No, the house really isn’t on fire…” followed by her uncontrollable laughter. It was contagious to say the least, and soon myself and three others sitting nearby were laughing hysterically.
After apologizing for of lack of sleep, the call ended and she explained through her tears of laughter that the lady just kept asking the same question in different ways — so much so that it perpetuated the uninhibited outburst.
I think we all needed that moment for our sanity. That is why some committees get along so well — they laugh a lot….and I mean A LOT. What better way to break up any stress you may be dealing with at an event or anywhere else.
Studies show that laughing truly is a natural endorphin — and far too many people don’t take advantage of this natural cure for the effects of stress. The days when I feel stress build up I realize I haven’t laughed enough and purposefully try to find humor in something — like when you realize you need a vacation, but find yourself running around trying to complete projects and meet all your obligations for work. But then suddenly you realize that the packing, stopping mail, laundry and shopping all still need to be done.
And, what if, with all this chaos going on the children start fighting and your husband runs out of the bathroom to discipline children — only to quickly realize that he forgot his clothes in the heat of the moment.
Now if that isn’t a good time for a belly laugh, I don’t know what is.
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