Originally Posted 4/10/16
A 27 year old woman can act like she’s 94. Yet, I don’t act my age at all… most days. I turned 61 this year. I’m past the ‘hiding my age’ stage. Now I simply laugh when people look at me and say “Really???” Yes, really!
The secret to still looking young and feeling young is laughter. My life has not been easy, but it’s had moments of laughter even in the midst of its darkest spots.
I was a single mom with two small children, not enough money coming in and no answers. I remember the day I was crying on a friend's shoulder... literally. I had taken my glasses off and laid them down. I was getting up to get more tissues when my foot promptly found them and broke them directly in half. Instead of crying harder I taped them together, took one look at myself in the mirror and realized that I had another tool to make my kids laugh. I looked like crap in broken glasses, but a silly face added to them and they were perfect! It took me almost 6 months before I could replace them. Meat was on sale that week. So I waited another month. The freezer looked better than I did. Yet, I felt good about bringing myself out of a financial grave. The whole time I was digging my way out I was laughing. I laughed about being silly enough to place my glasses on the floor in the first place. I laughed about how other women I worked with were so ‘body’ conscious that they were missing out on too much of life. I laughed because I finally had the ability and understanding of what it meant to be able to laugh at oneself. I had found my freedom from life. I took control and literally laughed my way to the bank!... and it felt wonderful!!!
Point is… I may have my Grandma's hands with the arthritis in the knuckles (and I’m a writer lol), but I also have her sense of humor. She could find at least one little something in everything to make a person at least smile. I try very hard to live by her philosophy.
Look at it this way, on days that I spend hours writing to create a new book my hands hurt like a squeezed weasel! I can either cry from the pain or look myself in the mirror and be proud of another "hard days work". My books have become a true labor of love due to the arthritis and laughter is the glue that holds it all together.
My Grandma's philosophy...
Your body is a temple…. treat it well. Your mind is priceless… keep it active. Your soul is your salvation through any situation because with faith all things are possible. Laughter is good for the soul. On days that you feel old… rest the body. On days that you feel tired… rest the mind. On all days… laugh… feed your soul.
I wish you peace in your heart and stars in your eyes, for if they are shining there can be nothing else but peace.