Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thank God for Nonsense

"I like nonsense - it wakes up the brain cells.  Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.  It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope...and that enables you to laugh at all of life's realities."--Dr. Seuss

Thank God for nonsense.  I have noticed it's when I stop laughing that life gets overwhelming.  The ability to take a step back and laugh--at yourself, at the situation, or at those having the hissy fit around you--is a joy saver.  I don't say "life saver" because it is absolutely possible to live life feeling miserable and mean, hurt and overwhelmed.  Taking ourselves too seriously is not a life killer, but a joy killer.  

Dr. Seuss also says that adults are obsolete children.  How true, and how sad!  It isn't that we can't, or shouldn't, mature.  But rather, how can we keep nonsense alive and well in our lives?  How can we laugh at the things that are really not worth losing our joy over?  In what ways do we give ourselves over to fantasy and fun, and live lightheartedly in the face of what can be some pretty hard reality?

Each person's fantasy and nonsense is different unto that person.  My joy-makers may not inspire you at all.  We each have to determine what helps us to remain joyful--what adds nonsense and fantasy to our lives.  Then, being mindful of those things, we have to allow them to inspire us to look at our reality through "the wrong end of a telescope", and encourage us to laugh.

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