You all know I love to laugh, and make others laugh. As I have gotten older and faced more loss that comes with time, I have come to realize that laughter really is the best medicine. I can't believe the things I used to whine about when I was a teenager and in my 20s. But in the past year, as Mr. RK and I have faced the death of loved ones, my own serious illness, and a close family member's alcoholism, I find I have a more positive attitude than I ever have. Why? If we lose our sense of humor, we're doomed. We can make a choice to wallow and get dragged down, or count our blessings and move forward, even if it's one slogging step at a time.
I also get the feeling that many comedians or people who are super funny may use that as a balm to cope with their own disappointments.
I am so sad that Nora Ephron died. I haven't read her books but her movies always cracked me up - I haven't met a writer whose wit matched hers, except perhaps Garrison Keillor.
Beyond admiring her screenplay skills, I didn't know much about her - and then I read this story.
Hardly an easy life, but she didn't wallow. She didn't spontaneously combust...she got screwed in love but loved again, and successfully. She was diagnosed with leukemia, but still wrote one more book.
I collect quotes in notebooks, on scraps of paper, and in e-mails to myself, and try to read and re-read them and send them on when I need them.
This one from her is going on the top of my blog for awhile - it's advice she gave to a graduating class at her alma mater in 1996:
“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”
Words to live by for sure.
PS Don't forget to stop by Claire's blog for her "Things I like Thursday"!