This was written for my Close to Home column in our town’s local weekly paper, The Prospect-News, in October, 2016.
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter away from the human face.” Victor Hugo
Few of us would debate the idea that laughter is good for us, even if the sources behind it might not be considered so. 94-year-old Norman Lear, the brilliance behind once edgy TV programs like All in the Family, freely offers additional longevity tips when asked.
Lear proposed that two words could join laughter as the secret of his long life: over and next.
“When something is over, it’s over…And we are on to next’…And if there were a hammock in the middle between ‘over’ and ‘next’ that would be what is meant by living in the moment.”
Who wants to waste the now stewing over the past or fretting over the future? The precious joyful moments in our present can be so easily overlooked if we aren’t gently rocking in the hammocks of our minds making the effort to notice them.
“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” Virginia Satir