Gotta Laugh

  • From optiboard forum: Czech eye joke:
    • Doctor: Can you read this line?  CZWXNQSTACZ
    • Patient: Read it? Of course! I even know the guy!

From funnysigns.net: Eyes examined while you wait.

 

 

 

  • From “Thousands of Jokes”:
    • How did the blind woman pierce her ear?  Answering the stapler
    • How do you make a Venetian blind?  Poke him in the eye
    • How does a blind man drive a car?  One hand on the wheel and the other on the road.
    • Why was the blind man’s leg wet?  His dog was blind too.

Vision loss is serious business. Writing a blog about vision loss is serious business. Being a psychologist and an educator is serious business. I am a serious person…..NOT.

I got the “Oh, you are such an inspiration” comment again. It was very kind of her, but knowing who I really am, I cannot take myself so seriously. Start believing that stuff and I will be demanding white roses and only red M&Ms in my dressing room. (Actually, you can just send me all colors of M&Ms. M&Ms, like people, all have the same good stuff inside😘)

You are not supposed to take yourself so seriously. Alcoholics Anonymous says so. It is rule 62. I am not an alcoholic but when I googled don’t take yourself too seriously it popped up as rule 62. How about that!

There are parallels between getting sober and vision loss. Howard Barker wrote how he never believed he would be able to laugh and have fun in sobriety. After all, if you are sober aren’t you supposed to be sober?

Sound familiar? Does the ‘role’ of a visually impaired person leave a lot of room for levity? How can one possibly have fun in that condition?

Barker makes the point that the ability to laugh at yourself makes life more fun. It also makes you more fun to be around. I make the point that life is the funniest thing that will ever happen to you so you might as well laugh and enjoy it.

Barker also makes the point nobody is perfect and it is the quirks and imperfections that make us unique and give texture to our personalities. I agree with him. Now that we have vision loss we may have a few more quirks and imperfections but maybe they just make us more unique and special.

Addictionhope.com stresses all of the positive effects of laughter. Their article on rule 62 talks about the positive effects of laughing at yourself. Laughing at yourself helps to keep things in perspective and reduce stress. As Barker said in his article, you will probably be able to take that perspective and laugh in a year or so, so why not just do it now?

So there you go. Let go of your dignity just a bit. Celebrate your flaws and all of the disasters. The best people do it. Did you see how Pope Francis laughed when that little girl swiped his cap? Rule 62

Next: No Kidding!

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