A little levity is good for the soul. Humor holds nuggets of wisdom. Dust off these quotes. Shake them. Laugh! Catch the glimmer of wisdom in each of the five quotes. Scripture tells us that laughter is good for us as a medicine. Laughter is the medicine prying open the door to common sense.
1. “Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise they won’t come to yours.” ― Yogi Berra
I hit you with the ‘deep’ one first.
Yes, I know the deceased is no longer here to attend your funeral. But the deceased’s family and friends are still walking on the top side of the grass. It is a perplexing and funny quote, but the ‘all-seeing eye’ of God takes note of your show of concern. When honoring the life of the deceased. We verbalize condolences to the family members showing our concern. These same people will walk by the box holding your body. Making your family glad. So, go to your friends funeral, even though he or she will not come to yours.
2. “Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.”-George Carlin
This quote is nonsense. But wait there is a kernel of truth here. Has the petty, and the trivial flooded your mind driving out the desire to live an overcoming life? Words spoken to you years ago haunt you? Those nasty words still seething in your gut whenever you think or see the person who spoke those words? Mr. Carlin says; “Don’t sweat it’. Stop petting it! Petting hurtful words and thoughts keep these thoughts in the bullpen. We put these thoughts back in the game at a moment’s notice. Stop it! You only can handle so much sweat. No need to pet the sweaty stuff.
3. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” -Milton Berle
Nothing is so frustrating about hearing a knock on the wall and not be able to know what or who is on the other side. Even more painful is to never hear a sound. Long periods of isolation numbs the mind. What’s needed is a door for someone to knock. When you construct a door, you see daylight. Light gives your vision a chance to bloom.
4. “The flogging will continue until morale improves.” Captain Bligh of the Bounty
This quote is funny but painful. Can’t you see the men lined up on the ship? A disgruntled line of ‘sad sacks,’ heads hanging down, mumbling inaudible curses. Step by step walking towards the flogging.
I had a similar experience.
I was twelve, Mom, Dad and I were eating dinner. Don’t remember what I said but my dad took it as me mouthing off Mom. He pulled me from my chair, directed me in a bedroom, removed his belt and began whipping me. I protested, “But Dad, I meant…”, Down came the belt. I cried out, “But Dad, I didn’t …”. Each time I spoke, the belt made contact. Then a little voice in my brain whispered, “Be quiet, Richard and the whipping will stop.” And it did. Morale immediately improved at my house.
5. “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx
Groucho’s TV show was one anyone could watch. I’m old enough to remember. This quote demonstrates the power of using the correct word(s). He could have said; ‘besides a dog’ which would destroy the punch line of the quote. The lesson in this quote is choosing correct words to add the punch.
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Which quote flipped a switch in your mind.
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