Laugh more…


“Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

So often, I am too serious about life.  I worry, I think too much and sometimes forget to stop and see the humour and lightness around me.  My children often remind me to lighten up and be more childlike! and when I do, life takes on a fresh new meaning.

The story below made me laugh, and reminded me how sometimes, we can get caught trying to be too serious about our spiritual life and life in general.


Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.

The first monk said, “Oh, no! The candle is out.”

The second monk said, “Aren’t we not supposed to talk?”

The third monk said, “Why must you two break the silence?”

The fourth monk laughed and said, “Ha! I’m the only one who didn’t speak!”
Source: Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors

14 thoughts on “Laugh more…

  1. As I am sitting here with a mountain of paperwork before me this is an excellent reminder Karen. How easy it is to get caught up with ‘work’ and forget to ‘play’.

    1. Thanks Melissa, Im glad it did! Although, work needs to be done, its a good reminder every now and then.

  2. What a nice and important reminder. I’ve found a very funny quote:
    “Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing. My soul probably looks like Fred Astaire.”
    ― Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale
    Yes, the sound of the soul dancing… and I would say, LIVING…
    Thank you Karen 🙂

    1. I love that quote thankyou Frederic, its beautiful. I like to think that my “soul dances”, Im just not sure that it would be Fred Astaire? ha, but we can pretend!

      1. You both remind me of another quote!

        “Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.”

        Diana xo

    1. Thanks Diana and you made me laugh with your quote! Gotta give it to Ginger, she did it tough and made it look easy.

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