I know for me, over the past several years, it has been very seldom, and I miss those belly laughs.
I used to laugh a lot, but for some reason things have gotten very serious.
I use to smile a lot, and the last time I shaved my beard off I realized that I had grown a nearly permanent frown. I've been working on that, by the way, and try to smile more often, hoping it will loosen up those ol' frown muscles before they get locked in that position.
Life has a way of giving us plenty to frown at, which makes it that much harder to stay away from those things.
I've been doing a survey of sorts and over the last couple of years I have seen more frowns than smiles.
It seems that we no sooner get out of one crisis and we are right back in another without much down time.
Part of that, I believe, is because we live in such an instant information age. Now you can find out almost immediately when some tragedy happens and of course there is always that political stuff that has everyone so uptight.
One of my friends said something not long ago that has been lingering with me since he said it.
It applies to what I am writing about, and I will share it with you.
His comment was very simple, "What will people say about us 100 years from now?" And he added this as a caveat, “And will they care that we were here?"
You already know the answer to that without me even saying it.
Our anxiety over what is going on around us, especially in national affairs, doesn't really change a whole lot.
Now I'm not advocating not getting involved or voting or some isolationist attitude, just that when it takes over our lives and makes us sad or frustrated all the time, is it really worth it when you think about it in the content of what my friend said?
I believe my granddaughter Jane Claire is helping me understand what is really important about life.
When I am with her I can see into the future. Her eyes are bright and ready to meet the world and although I have no idea where her life will lead her I know there is something out there for her. She will be my life's extension just as I am my grandparents’ extension.
I can see into the past as well.
She reminds me of all those things that were good about growing up when life was fresh and a new adventure. She reminds me of my own children and watching them grow up as well.
Sometimes I wish there was a way to slow this process down a little so that I could savor those special times, but to do that would also slow down the future, and we can't rightfully do that.
So, I guess I'm going to try and be a little happier and I'm going to try and get a belly laugh in every now and then. But most importantly I'm going to try and put things in perspective as to what is really important and think that 100 years from now all of the baloney (a nice way of saying what I would really like to call it) will be forgotten and replaced with more baloney.