“Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.”
~G. K. Chesterton

After 9/11 many of us thought laughter had died forever. Letterman and Leno stayed off the air in part because they were concerned about appearing insensitive. It was a long time before we felt it was OK to laugh again.

Now, I'm having a hard time blogging about the usual stuff. In the aftermath of the crash of Flight 3407, I wonder, am I being insensitive to the needs of my community by writing about a romantic Valentine's Day or my persnickety weight issues?

We've all been to memorial services where someone tells a story about the deceased that makes everyone laugh. At first the laughter is tentative because we're not sure it's appropriate.  Then it comes easier and louder as we realize how good it feels and how the laughter brings us closer to the life of our loved one instead of to their death.

Maybe we all need permission to laugh again; to embrace its life affirming, healing properties.

via 9 Ways That Humor Heals, by Therese Brochard.

photo courtesy vizzzua