Some people do laugh all the way to the bank – we all hold on to the hope that one day we will be able to enjoy what we do for a living, be able to laugh and watch our bank accounts grow by leaps and bounds.

Laugh and Get Rich is a 1931 movie – an amusing little tale.

I was inches away from saying NO WAY to this writing challenge.  It sounded utterly ridiculous and unreasonable.  Then as I thought more about it, I realized that sometimes riches are not measured in dollars.  I don’t receive money when I laugh, do you?  Maybe a stand-up comedian does because they make others laugh for a living, but most of us are not financially compensated for laughing.

Here’s a guy who is definitely compensated for laughing – and do you know how wealthy people laugh???  Yeah, I didn’t know it either – but here it is:

Well that’s why I’m not wealthy – I don’t know how to laugh like that.  I’m glad someone explained it to me – wink!  😉  To be honest, a Scripture popped into my mind as I was watching that – Ecclesiastes 7:6.

OK – back to reality.  The thought of hope kept coming back to me.  Where does that hope come from?  It comes from God.  We pray that God will improve our circumstances and give us a happier countenance as we go through life.  He helps us every day whether it is through education, promotion, or direct inspiration.

It’s very sad when people think they have achieved these things by themselves – they refer to themselves as “self-made” when they are being molded into what God wants them to be.  If you have a gift or talent for something, that came from God.  You may have had to take classes to hone it, but the basic gift is from God.

 Therefore humble yourselves +[demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation+] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you…  – 1 Peter 5:6

In this day and age, laughing is not heard as much as it used to be.  There are terrorists running around committing horrible acts, showing no mercy whatsoever.  They cannot be reasoned with and there is talk that it could come to our country.  Yes, I know God has this in His control – but I’m not laughing and it is scary.  Every day I pray for a speedy end to this threat.

When we find ourselves laughing at something these days, we should count it as a blessing.  Maybe the fact that we’re laughing at all is the reward.  Maybe those moments that we are happy ARE the reward.   No, we don’t laugh all the way to the bank, but God gives us a reason to smile and laugh and be happy.  That is good enough for me. 

What makes you happy makes you rich.  – Russian Proverb

Money for laughter might make me too vain.  Too much money makes your laugh change from genuine to fake.  I’d rather keep my real laugh and not have the wealth.  🙂









It’s too late for vanity.  If I was 30, maybe, I’d say, “Hey, that’s not a good angle.”  But there is no good angle now.  – Clint Eastwood

I don’t have many enemies in life, but my one mortal enemy is my weight! In 1998 I was at my highest weight – 250 pounds!!! That is not good on a 5’2″ frame. The year we had a photo taken with our dog was my Waterloo. I hit the proverbial brick wall – and something had to give. I did not want that something to be my health and well-being.

Emotional eaters are very sneaky. We are unhappy and find our solace in food. Not just any food, mind you – but junk food. The more junkie, the better! Candy bars and regular soda and ice cream and chips and… well, you get the idea.

My self-esteem was non-existent. I wore my hair very short and very styled in an unattractive way.  Who does that on purpose?  I don’t know, but I did.  Back then I definitely had an eating disorder – I ate everything in sight.  If it stood still long enough, it was mine!

I don’t know why I lacked the ability to control my eating back then.  All I know is that I was working a job I absolutely hated, I was not in a good place particularly with my health (I had a very bad case of deniabetes at that time). I’d love to tell you that it was my diabetes that drove me to lose the weight, but it wasn’t. It was vanity. There’s no way I was going to look like that for one more day! OK, now I try to stay healthy for health’s sake, but the first driving force was looks.

It has been a long and difficult road to travel, but those are the trips that teach us the most.  If there is an easy fix, we don’t seem to appreciate the victory as much, do we?  I assure you, I relish this victory and do not take it for granted.  Today we celebrate BEAUTIFUL DAY!!!!!!!!!!! Today I celebrate beauty – in myself and in others. Here are the lessons I learned:

  1. God does not make junk.  Not you, not me, not anybody.  If God sees me as a special person, then who am I to take that person and try to destroy her – stuff her with food?
  2. I’ll never be a super model.  I will never be six-foot tall.  I will never have legs that extend into another zip code.  My thighs will always be very close friends – they will continue to meet often when I walk.
  3. I have to save my health above all else.  Let the rest of this stuff care for itself.  Be positive about the weight loss from a health standpoint.
  4. The words “comfort” and “food” are no longer used in the same sentence by me.  If I begin to think of food as something that brings comfort – then I have given food more power than it deserves to have in my life.  Food no longer has any power over me.  Comfort comes from someone I love, not a Twinkie.
  5. I am worth saving.  I’m special to my Creator.  I know this because He says so.  He made me on purpose – and I choose this day to live the life He wants me to live and be happy in this body and put a smile on my face and embrace each new day as it happens!
  6. I will not wallow in my past and I will not fret about my uncertain future.  I will live in this present moment.  This moment is a “present”.  Drink it in!
  7. There are better ways to cope with boredom than eating.  I finally know when I’m truly hungry – Eureka!  When I’m upset by something or bored with something, I find a more constructive way to manage it, such as exercise or music.  This one lesson has made my health very happy!

One last thing: It sure feels good to wear blue jeans again! Today is BEAUTIFUL DAY!!! I’m getting there… I’m getting there. ❤