by Paula Manuel Staff Nurse Interest Group

Do I giggle?

Giggler is not a word I use to describe myself, when I listen to an individual giggle it strikes as manifesting nervousness. I have a generally calm exterior, indeed I have a gear that can be described as “supercalm”. When my chuckle or laugh occurs it is one that is robust and comes from deep down, indeed when I asked friends, family, and acquaintances about whether I giggle there were more blank stares than not and more emphatic nos.

I am not averse to laughing at myself but I’m not a giggler, when I reflect on my childhood I do not recall much, interesting I recall events when photos are in front of me but truly I’m a forward viewer of life. The past is done and there’s plenty going on in the moments of now. In terms of laughing out loud these few come readily to mind.

  • Saskatchewan trip I was walking along a muddy path with a friend when my feet slid and onto my butt I slid and daresay slithered. My friend was bursting trying not to laugh and when it was deemed nothing was damaged except my muddy butt (right through to my underwear) the laughter burst forth and forth and even now we can easily capture the vignette of my decorously slow mo slide to muddiness.
  • When my nephew #1 was playing with coloured rings, I placed them on my head then tilted it to have them fall off, laugh with a toddler it’s a true workout
  • #2 nephew on a winter day we played at the park, running through the snow I chased him, caught him and twriled him in the air then swooped him into a snowbank. Laughter burst from both of us and time truly stood still–it was a moment.
  • Golfing one of my passions on this occasion I hit the ball off a tree, the ball careened into a bunker ran out onto the green and stopped inches from the hole. I doubled over chortling as I explained that’s just how I saw the shot being executed in my mind.

It is a great connection to yourself to really laugh, indeed experience and feel any emotion that has you move your life and choices forward. Laughing provides a small pause in the grand continuum of time I’ll close with the words of Norman Vincent Peale

The way to happiness; keep your heart free from hate, your mind free from worry, live simply, expect little, give much, scatter sunshine, forget self, and think of others.

Namaste

Peale, Norman Vincent Power of Positive Thinking, clergyman & author

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