A merry heart doeth good, like a medicine. Have you ever heard that?
Today’s prompt is actually three-fold, as if to make sure we don’t skimp 🙂 I just read it and it already has quite a few thoughts running through my head. So without further adue…
Do you consider yourself funny? What role does humor play in your life? Who’s the funniest person you know?
I don’t really consider myself funny, but I suppose I can be at times.
I have a blog post that I wrote about attempting to recreate my mother’s biscuits that actually turned out pretty funny. Well, it was more funny to me, I guess. Because I was the one who had lived through it!
But I attempted to portray that through my writing. I wanted you guys to actually see me with lard all over my hands hollering for someone to come and turn the water on, and then laughing about it the way I did afterwards.
Humor In Life
As far as humor playing a role in my life, I wouldn’t really say that it does. More people would say, I think, that I’m a little more on the serious side. Maybe that I worry too much or take some things too seriously.
In my honest opinion though, I consider that part of being “grown up” 🙂 I think many Facebook memes call it “adulting” and sometimes it’s fine to lay that aside. But on the overall, maybe it’s just that I’m balanced. At least in my own mind!
The Funniest Person?
The funniest person I know? Well, there have been a precious handful.
My brother, who died in 1988 at the too-young age of 31, was most definitely one of them. He seemed to always have a smile and never showed up without a handful of jokes. Where he got them, I never knew, but I don’t think he ever told the same one twice. Everyone liked him and I can still see his huge smile.
We shared the same eyes so, like me, when he smiled really, really hard, his eyes seemed to vanish into slits. That’s when you knew he was really happy… there was no hiding it.
His daughter carries on a great deal of his personality to this day, with her smile and laughter and eyes that just seems to laugh all by themselves.
And then we had a drummer in our band a few years ago that missed his lot in life when he didn’t become a comedian. He was from Humboldt, Tennessee. I found this out in particular when I asked him, “You ain’t from around here, are ya?”.
His strong East Tennessee accent made everything he said even funnier, and keep in mind that I have an Appalachian accent myself! Not that it was something to poke fun at, rather, there were just some words that he would say that came out comical, just because they were so different from the way the rest of us said them.
I can’t do them justice in print, so you’re just going to have to take my word for that one 🙂
A Merry Heart In The Bible
In closing, I’ll just add a few of my thoughts that had sort of strayed off from the topic a bit…but not really. I got thinking about it from a Biblical perspective. Especially the part that says a merry heart doeth good, like medicine. But I don’t ever recall there being an actual story in the Word about “humor”.
And please do correct me if I’m wrong about that, because I’m certainly no Bible scholar. Maybe to understand the true Biblical meaning of happiness is about the same as humor.
These days there are just so many different types of humor that it can draw you down the wrong path quickly. The Bible also speaks out about “coarse jesting” and I would suppose that to be along the lines of bullying someone or dirty jokes and the like.
Of course, it could be that there actually was humor in the Bible and the writer’s simply didn’t write it that way. I don’t know. It seems to me like the times were a little too serious for humor to be something that was common place. There was too much to be done and too much at stake for one to wander off into some other train of thought.
But then, that’s just me thinking. And that can go places 🙂
What do you think? About humor, and it’s place in our lives as well as in a Biblical sense. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.
Once again, as always, thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed day!
Also, a shout out for the amazing artist that did the smiley face and rainbow for my featured image…my daughter, Abby! <3 She is amazing and did that from scratch!