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
“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!