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Topic: Laughter (10/18/04)

TITLE: Laughter is an interval between 2 sorrows
By sharmila sanka


A man was sitting on one side of the road, he seemed to be depressed and worried. While another man sat right in front of him but looking somewhere laughing to his heart’s content. But the people who passed by approached the man who was crying and questioned him again and again as to why he looked so sad.
Why were people shocked to find a person in depression and why not surprised by the one immersed in laughter? Because man by nature is embodiment of happiness and sorrow is uncommon to him.
One can laugh easily only when he walks on the right path. Crying is easy but laughter is tough. Inorder to laugh one needs to be happy, inorder to be happy, he needs to strive for it. In this process, he might face the whirlpool of troubles which lead him to sorrow. But troubles are like passing clouds. When the Sun of realisation shines, the clouds of sorrow get shattered.
Laugh and leave anger. Love and live longer has to be the sole objective of human being. There are various kinds of laughter which determine the nature of a person. One is an artificial laughter which has no meaning except as a courtesy. Another is the laughter for time pass, the other is either out of happiness or out of happiness over enemy’s defeat. Never laugh at others’ defeat while mounting, you will have to face them while dismounting.
When we throw a little smile at a person , his mind is filled with happiness. If laughter is thrown and received, the heart is filled with love. Imagine the power, smile and laughter have in this mechanical world.
A laughter on a withered face blossoms like a flower spreading the fragrance of love and fun everywhere. But we do not have enough time to laugh . We spend our time in brooding over the problems in our daily life. We do not feel like enjoying the company of a person in sorrow but we feel like joining a person of laughter.
All of us have problems big and small in our lives. Not even a day passes without them. Problems are our eternal shadow no matter what season it is. We can’t avoid all problems but we can avoid some by changing our attitude. For most problems, the solution lies in the change of our attitude. We make a mountain out of an ant-hill. A great being said, “When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.” Try to laugh at little problems in the beginning and you will be able to solve it easily. You will gradually get used to laughing at problems big. From then on, you will be a smiling person no matter how big the problem is.
A person is called great when he faces major problems but still maintains stability and a smile on his face. As George Washington Carver said, "When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world." Start being optimistic regarding every aspect in your life and all people you come across. Pessimism is the main reason for any problem or illusion. You might doubt as to how it is possible to take negative minded people as positive. At such times, remember one thing. Every being on this earth who you deal with directly or indirectly has something to do with your life lessons. Infact they are not your enemies but your friends indirectly who are helping you reach your goal of self-realization faster. So smile at your enemies for they are your true friends. In turn, life itself smiles at you at all times. Laughter attracts happiness, for it is contageous. It is your only friend which boosts up your spirits at all times. Invite Lughter into your life. Let it follow your life like a cool shadow for it to act as an interval between two sorrows . Smile your problems and Laugh your life. Short span of happy life is better than saddened longevity.
“Smile is an index of one’s mind while Laughter for one’s soul.” - - - Sharmila

Member Comments
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Mitzi Busby10/25/04
Great work! I enjoyed your viewpoint.
Corinne Smelker 10/25/04
I like your entry - it would read more easily if you placed some spaces between your paragraphs though.
Phyllis Inniss10/27/04
Some really truthful sayings in this piece. I like "smile with your enemies for they are your true friends." Blessings.
Marina Rojas10/27/04
This is a great expose of the subject topic; your writing style shows a little need for grammar and spelling improvement, but let me encourage you to keep writing these wonderful pieces, while working at the technical end.

I really like how well these thoughts are woven together.
L.M. Lee10/28/04
like you closing comment