A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Dick Van Dyke is uninjured after his Jaguar caught fire while he was driving on a Los Angeles freeway.

I read that he was laughing and cracking jokes with the off-duty firefighter that pulled him from his burning car!!! This man is amazing – and what a great attitude he has!

I agreed with his thesis that God was not an all-powerful “cosmic superman” looking down from the penthouse as much as He was Love.”  – Dick Van Dyke, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business

There is an old saying that you will reap what you sow. That does not mean that bad things will not happen, but it does mean that if you are living right (good clean livin’), when those bad things do happen, God is going to take care of you.

You can spread jelly on the peanut butter but you can’t spread peanut butter on the jelly.
– Dick Van Dyke, My Lucky Life in and Out of Show Business    

This is the most clear-cut example of the rewards that come with good clean livin’ that I’ve ever seen! I have been a fan of Dick Van Dyke’s for decades! While I don’t want to portray the man as a saint, I would be very quick to say that he has always entertained us with no hint of compromise on his part. His integrity and moral judgment in choosing roles has always been above-board. Not many people would take the time to thank him – but I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU, Mr. Van Dyke – for being the funniest entertainer ever – and keeping it clean and wholesome without getting downright cheesy.

I am so glad he was not hurt! Thankful too for the guys who stopped to pull him to safety! God surely had His hand in it – no doubt!

May God continue to send His angels to watch over you!

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INTERNATIONAL MOMENT OF LAUGHTER DAY

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Would you rather do ten sit-ups or laugh until you spew root beer (diet, of course) from your nose???  Okay, that’s what I thought.  Who of us would not rather have a good laugh than exercise?  I know I would!  Did you know that a good hearty laugh can take the place of those painful sit-ups?  It’s true!  The same muscles that get worked during sit-ups are also worked during a really good laugh. 

Laughter is the best medicine for so many reasons.  Endorphins are instantly released and boost mood better than any anti-depressant on the market!  When you laugh, your blood pressure lowers because you relax inside.  A person who does not take life, or themselves, too seriously is a healthier person and a person that others enjoy being around.  That sounds like a real win/win to me!

Lucinda Berry Hill wrote a great poem for this day:

4-14 MOMENTS OF LAUGHTER

Love is an inside job. Take a moment to laugh today.  If there is someone in your life who has influenced your good humor, give them a call and let them know you appreciate it.  Enjoy that person while you can – because all too soon the people who mean the most to us are suddenly not there anymore.

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh—-at yourself. – Ethel Barrymore

  • Be careful if you plan to pull a practical joke on someone – sometimes those things can backfire.
  • Visit your local greeting card store and look at some of the funny cards.
  • Share a funny story with a friend.  Why laugh alone?
  • Watch your favorite funny movie – or read other posts on my blog.
  • Do you have a friend that makes you laugh when you hear them laugh?  Yeah – that’s the friend to get ahold of today.
  • Get naked and laugh at yourself in a full-length mirror.  This one doesn’t work for some of you – I get it.
  • Show your baby pictures to someone who has never seen them.
  • Go to a joke shop and buy a laugh box.  Put it in a co-worker’s cubicle, turn it on and run.
  • Make faces at the clerk in the grocery store until they laugh.  Then say, “Mission accomplished.”

You don’t really have to think up a reason to laugh, but you should have a rational explanation for when someone asks why you are laughing uncontrollably in public.  Some folks just need to be assured that you haven’t gone a little crazy. 

Sometimes the laugh that wells up inside you should not be stifled. Sometimes it just needs to bubble to the surface and escape! 🙂