laughing hippo alexandra wroteEver have one of those days where you find yourself with more to do than is possible, and so you gather your resources and decide what you can reasonably accomplish and then resign yourself to the fact that you can’t do everything you want, but you’ll get done all you can – and then you spend your day with your eye on the prize, you unplug for hours to stay focused on work (the various deadlines, the projects in process, those just beginning), you reschedule what you won’t be able to do because the week is practically over (where does the time go?) only to realize late into the night you’ve spent much of the day thinking it’s Wednesday when it’s only Tuesday?

Yeah, that was yesterday. My brilliance shining bright, no question about it. Sigh.

This week gifted me an extra day. That’s how I’m going to look at it. And you know what I’m doing with that extra day? As little as possible.

OK, I’m totally lying. I am my mother’s daughter, after all, never one to sit around when there’s a whole world of things to see and do. It’s the Auntie Mame philosophy of life. Albeit my day has been more mundane that Auntie Mame could imagine, but she’s not real. Fictional characters with a flair for life never have to deal with all this real life stuff. Nice work if you can get it.

Seriously though, the best part of yesterday? It made me stop and laugh. Literally laugh out loud, as I a friend kindly reminded me I’m an idiot  what day of the week it was when I mentioned something about the week flying by.

I hope you give yourself some time today to enjoy the day. And, if at all possible, to laugh.

Even if it’s laughing at yourself. It’s humbling and fulfilling and it brings a sparkling perspective to just about everything. xo a.

And now, five great things someone else said about laughter:

Laughter is carbonated holiness. – Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh. – W.H. Auden

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering. – Nicole Krauss,The History of Love

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return. – Maya Angelou

The human race, in all it’s poverty, has only one truly effective weapon- laughter. Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand. – Mark Twain


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