Day 8 : Laughing at Myself & Healing
Most of us take ourselves rather seriously. In our subconscious there is always a self critic who never sleeps. We either tend to pay too much attention to it or completely ignore it altogether. I believe a moderate amount of paying attention to that voice can help us to do better in our lives. But if you tend to listen to whatever it has to say, you might end up living in your head all the time. People who know me say I am tightly wound and I lack a certain playfulness in life. But there are rare instances when I chose to laugh at myself and the things that happened to me. I realised it recently that this is a way to heal ourselves. They say laughter is the best medicine and if we laugh at our own follies it becomes less significant.
As I write this, I spilt my tea while trying to sip it and type in the phone at the same time. The tea is moderately hot. So yeah, I didn't burn myself. If I did this before any other person, it would have been an embarrassing situation. But if I laugh at it immediately, the overall mood in the room becomes lighter.
I remember one of my break ups years ago. It was an extremely painful time and I had to muster all the will power to walk away from that person. Before break up, my ex had said to me that his romantic love for me inexplicably ceased to exist. At that time I didn't know what to make of it and these words hurt like hell. In the months that followed there were some strange occurences with my journeys in train. I love trains and felt like somehow it is giving up on me. I wrote a funny peace about how my "romantic love" for trains is having a tough time. Once it was out of my mind, I felt extremely light. Laughing at myself for chasing someone who was never interested in me was hard. But it made the healing easy. So people, take everything with a pinch of humour. We will slowly get to the place where we feel like cotton candies instead of the stones that lay heavy in river bottom.