You’ve undoubtedly had a day similar to the one I’ve just experienced. That day where seemingly insurmountable problems are lurking around every corner and then, just when you think you’ve methodically cleared away all the issues, someone else abruptly pulls the rug out from under you. The stars circle around your head as you calculate how to best resolve the next dilemma and move on.
Thankfully, I’ve never let any concerns weigh too heavily on my mind. I’m a problem solver and this is a trait I graciously accepted from my father. He and I would never dwell on a problem but immediately begin searching for a solution. Perhaps this is why I gravitate towards this silly line from Van Wilder – “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere.”
At the end of my work day today, the concerns were dealt with and I left for home after what seemed like an eternity. My drive home partially meanders through a golf course. It is a picturesque panorama of soothing greenery and winding black-top. Halfway through the drive I pulled up behind a minuscule gaggle of 8 Canada Geese. Instead of becoming spooked and flying away, this merry band of winged misfits continued to saunter down the road directly in front of my car. One by one they eventually peeled off to the left or the right, only by foot and never flying away from the powerful piece of machinery inching closer to their tail feathers. There was nothing I could do but giggle and think that someone up above knew I needed a good laugh.
After passing through the golf course and continuing my drive, my cell phone rang and the call display showed a number I haven’t seen in a while. An old friend was 5 minutes away and just wanted to say a quick “hello”. Had I not been delayed at work, not only would I have missed out on the feathered chain-gang but I would have missed a quick reunion with a dear friend. Serendipity seemed to be gracing me with its presence.
After getting home, I shared some love with my puppy dog and poured a well-deserved glass of wine. Callaway was content with her rawhide bone and I was becoming one with the couch when I heard it. The distinct sound of my dog farting was so loud she scared herself. She jumped from her comfortable position on the floor to attempt to discover where the sound had come from. My poise had been shattered. Once again the laughter took over and several layers of tension began to dissolve. Twice more, sounds similar to a Howitzer erupted from the back of my dog and she continued to seek out the source of the noise.
Perhaps it wasn’t the perfect ending to a day, but it was what I needed to be able to find the frivolity in life and not sweat the small stuff. Laughter really can be medicinal.