3 Things by Lian Dolan, Parenting Expert, Oprah.com
Life gets a lot more manageable when you can find the funny.
Maybe it’s because I’m from a big Irish Catholic family and the only way to get a word in at dinnertime was to tell a story that got a laugh, but I’ve always been a fan of funny. A well-told story with a great punch line, a clever observation, a killer impression of the guy behind you in line at the post office? All are welcome in my book.
But the older I get and the more life happens — caring for aging parents, getting two teenagers through high school, work pressure, the unending bad news on a national level — I have a deeper appreciation of having a sense of humor about the trials of everyday life.
Not everything is fodder for a joke, but most of what we struggle with, from poor customer service to sick kids, can benefit from a little reworking. Life is serious enough. Let’s not take ourselves so seriously that we can’t use humor as filter to make the darkest days a bit brighter.
Find the funny and you’ll find perspective, community and joy.
For many years, I was a serial school volunteer, fairly convinced that the world would stop spinning on its axis if I didn’t organize the Pioneer Day Festivities. But now, I’m older, wiser and lazier — and I can tell you that the world goes on, even if I’m not on the committee.
This year, I actually declared a Volunteer Sabbatical, clearing my calendar for 12 months to focus on family and work. So many moms ask me where I find the time to write and I honestly answer, “I don’t do all that volunteering. When I’m on deadline, I’m selfish with my time. And I get stuff done.”
Every mom seems to have a creative To Do List. Be a little selfish, say no to outside obligations for a year, and work on your dream project.
In the spirit of Finding the Funny, let me recommend a few funny women who share their own perspective with hilarious results.
Finally, watch the brilliant Julia Louis Dreyfus in Veep. Thanks for the laughs, ladies.
Contributor: Lian from The Chaos Chronicles
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