Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The importance of laughter

When asked about the secret of his youthful looks, my wise friend calmly replied. "I laugh every day." I still remember that evening. The table had a lot of delicious food on it, and our stomachs were hurting because my friend was cracking one joke after another giving us little time to recover in between the jokes. Now I am wiser; I tend to agree with my friend. A sense of humor is important to survive the hardships of the day. Sadly, I also realize my ability to look at the lighter side is either diminishing or becoming inopportune. A recent bus ride shook me up and made me realize the importance of laughing, sense of humor and related paraphernalia. 

On days I am lucky to get a ride back from my colleague, I end up in the south part of Reading. From there, I walk to the nearest bus stop and use one of the local buses to reach home. The bus stops in front of Royal Berkshire Hospital, one of the famous ones in this part of the world. One of the fellow passengers who boards from my bus stop is a gentleman on a wheelchair. He is the last one to board as the driver has come out of the cabin to lay down the plank that will help the gentleman steer his wheelchair into the bus. The wheelchair is not powered by a motor. It is one of the old ones where you use your hands to control.

When the bus stopped at the Royal Berkshire Hospital last week, a young man boarded the bus. He was also on a wheelchair. His wheelchair was powered by a motor so he could easily fit it into the designated place in the bus. When the wheelchair of the young man had come to a stop, he was also face to face with the gentleman on the wheelchair. The gentleman on the wheelchair was watching with interest while young man parked his wheelchair. The gentleman said, "I like it." He was quick enough to clarify, "Not your condition. But your toy". Both of them laughed. The young man's legs were amputated below the knee and the stumps, though covered, were visible for everyone.

I would classify the statement uttered by the gentleman as a jovial remark. It was not a joke. It could still bring laughter to them and smiles on the lips of everyone who were listening. It is truly important to laugh. It removes the drudgery of everyday life.

Tags: Musings,Wheelchair,Laughter

14 comments:

  1. Good one Nona. Definitely a good hearty laughter will keep doctor away from our life. Let us try to forget the old one (i.e. with apple) ;-)

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    1. Why forget it? Let's say. An apple and laughter keeps the doctor away. :)

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  2. Ah, yes! There are days we don't laugh at all. What's stopping us though? Thanks for that touching story.

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    1. I guess we are all busy. There is no time to stop and reflect what we are doing. There is no time to relax. It is one thing after another.

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  3. Got your point :) And that is a really interesting incident :)

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    1. Great! Now you can practice it. :)

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  4. I dont know from where I've got this habit, I try seeing the lighter (and Brighter) side of things. And Oh, I'm a laughing maniac, I can laugh for 15 minutes, for just one joke :-D

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    1. So you will remain forever young. :)

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  5. Indeed laughter can erase all pain and suffering. Well written.

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  6. Same here as Ashwini's...I like to look at the lighter side of things... don't know whether it will keep me young or not but sometimes I do get admonishing glances from other people in some situations..:-P

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    1. Everything has a time and place. Likewise with laughter. I have been accused of not being serious or interjecting humor at the most inopportune moment. But what can one do? Apologize and try to change it later. :)

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