Imagine the rush of joy when an unabashed, contagious burst of laughter fills the room. Today, I was blessed to experience this during our pre-conversation before the start of our weekly HumansFirst call with The Friendship Bench, as call facilitator Dennis Pitocco has named our gathering. Thank you, Myriam Ben Salem for your infectious laugh that, along with others’, inspired this share.
I began to reflect on how this brought not only a smile to my face but also warmed my heart. I needed this. Amid all the emotions I have been feeling on a daily basis, largely due to the current quarantine and the reality that has caused it, I was missing laughter. As the banter continued, I noticed my energy had shifted, as had my attention, from my head to my heart. My heart was awakened. My soul was awakened.
I noticed it, I felt it, and was uplifted by the invitation the laughter offered to redirect my presence, my attention and my energy towards laughter and joy. It was like being consumed by and taken away by your favorite song.
I am grateful for this experience today. It truly awakened me to the present moment and changed my experience with this wonderful group of like-hearted humans. I remarked during the call, “If all we did was laugh like this today, this would be an amazing call.” We shared more than laughter and it was indeed an amazing, uplifting call.
What a wonderful reminder of how the simple things in life can connect us, such as laughter, a smile, a kind word, a “how are you?” or a granddaughter standing across the street from her grandfather, leading a dance routine that her grandfather would then emulate as they played together. Social distancing need not be social isolation. I miss giving and receiving hugs and the direct human connection that is currently on hold. I look forward to when it becomes safe for us to once again hug and connect with one another in-person.
That said, I am grateful that technology allows this virtual human connection that so many of us now likely have a greater appreciation for. Each day I seem to find something new to appreciate. Perhaps, this reflects the invitation that is there for each of us every day to see the possibility in the pause and to find gratitude amid trying times.
What made you laugh today? How did (or might) you brighten someone else’s day by making them laugh? Who might need a good laugh today to whom you might offer the gift of laughter?
Thank you for igniting my soul through the music of laughter. Let’s choose laughter, especially during these challenging times. Let’s choose to be kind to one another and yourself. When we do, when we choose to put humans first, we uplift one another and create the conditions for creating better with and for one another.
Anchor articles that uplift and inspire joy (each authored by Melissa Hughes):