A time to weep and a time to laugh

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Today, we look at the next in our series based on the 1965 song by The Byrds called Turn! Turn! Turn! .  You will recall that we looked at “a time to dance” the last time.  Today, we look at the theme:

  “A time to weep and a time to laugh”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox once said, “Laugh, and the world laughs with you; weep, and you weep alone.” Everyone is attracted to fun, laughter, and excitement.  Likewise, when someone is going through a difficult spell or a time of weeping, many people tend to shy away.  Yet, both emotions are important and, in fact, are critical to a well-balance individual.  Too far on one side or the other can be a concern, however.

My wife’s grandmother was a strong farm woman. She was loving and compassionate and made the very best cookies of anyone I have ever known!  However, she also tended to say after the loss of a loved one, “We should all mourn for three days, but after that, we have a job to do and people that depend upon us, so pick yourself up and get to the new normal.”  She was right.  There is a time to weep and mourn.  And, there is a time to laugh.  We all just need to find that balance that works.

I found a few words of wisdom from others on this subject and felt you might benefit from one or more of these. Hopefully, if you are out-of-balance, this will help restore it:

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ― Mae West

“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.” ― Steve Martin

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.” ― Mark Twain

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz

“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” ― E.B. White

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” ― Dr. Seuss

I hope today that none of you is in a time of weeping. If you need a hand to help pick you up, lean on a friend or coworker or family member or give me a call.  We need to be there when one goes through a tough spot.  These times pass, but they can wound our very soul, if we allow it.

Thanks for all you do and do something to make this a “best day yet” for someone else! Have a fantastic day!


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