"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." ~ Victor Hugo
Do you ever have one of those moments where you maybe question if something is the right thing to do?
You hear what your heart is saying, and yet – it can still feel like you're putting yourself out there. Or maybe it feels like "will this be weird?". Perhaps it costs too much. Or a million other excuses. Does this ever happen to you?
It happens to me.
Sometimes I fight it, and I DON'T do what sings and dances in my heart. (have you ever been there?)
I really listen to that voice that speaks deeply from my heart.
Fly halfway across the country (New York City). Get hotel. To laugh.
Couldn't I just step outside my backdoor, and do the same thing?
In reality, it was much more than that.
It was a wonderful opportunity to connect up with sweet friends from here at the Jungle (Hi Amy! Hi Katie! Hi Ina!). Make new friends (Hi EVERYONE!). And…perhaps the best of all…precious time with my daughter (who, for the record, is growing up way too fast).
Be a part of this moment. The Levity Project – NYC. And a celebration of World Laughter Day.
It was all right, and it was all good.
Except there was this little thing. Or maybe it wasn't little at all.
Picture this: My daughter and I exploring the sights and sounds of this great city (read: shopping). Now, picture this: bomb threat in Times Square. And we are there.
Well, not as this threat was discovered. We wandered into the Time Square area a couple of hours after the initial discovery of this. For a thirteen year old girl, hearing the words "bomb threat" set off feelings of alarm. (and why didn't I feel that way? Have I become indifferent to all the "noise" out there?)
Laughter event planned for the very next morning.
Including in a visit to that very spot of the bomb threat.
Would laughter feel trivial in the face of what had just happened?
Or, would laughter heal?
Laughter for no reason at all, except to bring an extra sense of peace and joy to the world (or – at least the people around us).
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Laughter as the balm for our souls.
And we laughed.
Some who looked the other way…pretending we weren't there. Strange looks.
And we laughed.
And there was joy. Energy. Smiles. Giggles. Belly laughs. Excitement.
And for a moment, there was this real sense that the strangers passing in that day were more than strangers. They were united as part of humankind.
Brothers and sisters of this species we call human.
Perhaps that moment lasted no longer than a few minutes that we were together. Or perhaps…some of those took that feeling that had touched them…took that with them through their day. Or maybe even beyond.
It was good. Meaningful. And the right thing on that day, in that moment, and at that place.
For no reason at all! And feel your soul smiling back at you…