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Laugh Lately?

By Tara Dimick, tara1A day without laughter is a day lost.   - Anonymous

The anonymous quote, “A day without laughter is a day lost,” has been a part of my life since I can remember. I like to believe that it is my way of not taking everything so seriously, but I’m pretty sure it’s my coping mechanism to get past all of the embarrassing things that I do on a daily basis.

For instance:

EMBARRASSING MOMENT #1 At my own wedding rehearsal, I dropped the cake.

EMBARRASSING MOMENT #2 On the way to an important business meeting, I spilled a fruit smoothie on my lap, I quickly stopped at the nearest boutique and bought a dress with little inspection. I left the store wearing the dress, but then realized it was much shorter than what I normally wear, and so I felt a bit uncomfortable. I walked into the meeting late; told my story and said, “I apologize, this dress is inappropriately short.”

It seemed like a harmless statement since they were all women. Then I realized that two of the women at the meeting were wearing dresses even shorter than mine.

EMBARRASSING MOMENT #3 I once asked a woman (at a mall play area) when she was due to have her baby. She informed me she wasn’t pregnant. But did I stop there? Oh no. I asked, “So how old is your baby?” She said, “I have a 3-year-old.” I never went back to that play area.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for embarrassing Tara moments.

I admit it. I have an insert-foot-in-mouth disease. But you know what? You do too. We all have this disease. Maybe some of us are worse than others, but it is so easy to get caught up in the persona of who we are “suppose” to be or what we are “suppose” to look and act like, that we overwhelm ourselves in work, whining and gossip and we forget to laugh. I mean really laugh—so hard that your sides ache, and tears come to your eyes.

So laugh.

A day without laughter is a day lost.

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