|My Favorite Tree, which I walk past as I go to my office.|
If you created a gratitude list for either Love or Life, make sure to leave a link in one of the gratitude posts and share your list with others!
Today's gratitude theme is Laughter. Besides my obvious love for alliteration, I thought it would be a good challenge to think about the role of humor in our lives. We are more often than not way too serious in this life, aren't we?
Here is my Laughter Gratitude list (and this one is taking some serious thinking on my part!):
- One of my favorite sounds in all this world is Marcy's giggle. Anyone who knows her, loves the sound of her deep belly giggle. When she laughs like this, it feels like you've done something really grand and earned some sort of prize. I get to hear it a lot, because, as she would tell you, I may be a very serious sort of animal but I am also quite funny. Thankfully.
- The cats do just about one million things a day that make me laugh but one of my favorite is when they, for no apparent reason, fatten their tails. Toby is notorious for this, and Lilly's gets so big, we call it "toilet brush tail."
- One of the things recommended in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for an emotional disregulation distraction is funny movies. I love this. We have a few of our favorites, but we are now looking to create a collection.
- Again, I have to say how thankful I am for teaching, because when I am teaching movement, for some reason, is when I feel most free with my humor and laughter. It's a great way to get people to relax and not feel so fearful of trying new things, but it also cleanses this teacher's insides.
- I am grateful for our neighbor (the one who is like a brother) because he happens to be one of the funniest people I know. He always has just the right descriptors for things and he can quote any freaking episode of the Simpson's at just the right moment and in just the right way.
- When I was really little, I loved Tim Conway. Who did you love? Who do you love now? (HELLOOOO, Eddie Izzard!)
- When I used to feel really badly, Marcy would draw a face on her chin, put a hankie over the top of her face, and do that whole upside down mouth routine thing. Just the thought of that can make me laugh.