We all need three bones to survive, a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. It may seem like a uninspired observation, but those bones really brings us to the essence of making the most of our lives. These three bones, in their simplicity, outline what really should be important to us as individuals.
A wishbone will keep our imagination and hopes alive. It gives us permission to dream and it keeps those visions alive and breathing within us. The moment that we don’t bother to dream any more about what is still possible is the moment that the biggest and most youthful part of us dies. Dreams are the rainbow of our soul and they give us that straw that we can grasp when reality overwhelms us.
Our backbone will lend us strength to persevere. Life can’t always be about dreams and rainbows. Developing a strong backbone will help guide us through those difficult and traumatic times and help develop a real sense of self. Having the fortitude to put enough faith in ourselves makes our backbone that much stronger and makes us able to cope with the concrete that paves the path of our lives.
Our funny bone will give us the perspective to let the will of our wishbone and our backbone blend into a harmonious and happy medium. There is a fine balance between reality and comedy, and it is that comedy that will bring that panorama of our world into a spectrum of colors that will be objective, yet frivolous. Maintaining that sense of humor can only help get us through this journey with a sense of the childhood wonder and laughter that we all want so desperately to hold onto.
Take good care of those three bones. They build the foundation of who we are and where we want to go. And just remember, if they break, any bone can always mend with the proper care and attention.