Humour + Faith Stops Mental Kung-Fu


Your mind can be peaceful and calm as this lake
Quotes on my fridge that cut worry off at the knees.
Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and prolific writer, was once asked how you could tell if a person had gone through inner transformation and could say with St. Paul, “no longer I that lives but Christ that lives in me.” This acetic monks response? “It is difficult to tell, but usually holiness is usually accompanied with a wonderful sense of humour.” I understand his comment. When I laugh at my mistakes, weakness and even my tragedies, I put my little life into perspective and I let Him take over. He is God and I am not. I am simply his child, who can laugh in the face of tragedy because He is in charge. Posted on my fridge right at my eye level (I’m 5’1″) are quotes that are key to my sanity. When I feel at my wit’s end, this quote makes me laugh and cuts through stress. One in four people are mentally unbalanced. Think of three friends. If they seem fine, You’re the one. I never fail to smile, even after reading these lines hundreds of times. This reaction pushes worry to the side. When I don’t take myself too seriously by entertaining the thought that I might be slightly unbalanced, I immediately stop over reacting. My worries are now put into perspective. Laughter is the best way to snap out of melodrama. Cognitive therapists love to tell us not to ‘make a mountain out of a mole hill’, however there are times when everything actually is even worse than it seems, times when our world really does shatter. What then? I love to control but when my safe little world has shattered, sometime it was the only way I could step out of my comfort zone. Many times devastating circumstances have ended one way of life for our family but something new always rose out of the ashes. I had to learn to relax and patiently let the process unfold naturally. Again melodrama really did not help. I always say that I finally can laugh in the face of tragedy. Cognitive therapy came to my rescue. That old proverb, “Don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill”, has saved my sanity many times. Laughter puts every thing into perspective. Although stuck in retched circumstances, I still can change how I feel and how I think. Cognitive therapy is a powerful tool. I can often change my thoughts and focus on all the blessing is my life, instead if everything that is going wrong and my emotions change as well. For example, I still can see, hear, use all my limbs and I don’t have a chronic illness. This poster says it best. But what about the times when you simply cannot change your thoughts?, when you can’t snap out of anxiety or panic? My family coined a phrase for crazy thinking that leads to stress. Repeat this phrase and it is once again laughter what will put a stop to your running brain, guaranteed. No more Mental-Fu Can’t you just see your thoughts sparring with each other in a match that neither of them can ever win, especially in the middle of the night? Really, humans are so illogical, we are comical. So this is my wise advice. To quote the Reader’s Digest, “Laughter is the best medicine. Laugh and Let God take charge.

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