It is important that we stop and take stock of ourselves, as life can at times be a vicious and deceptive cycle. We have been taught that ‘who laughs last, laughs the best’...but be warned early, this article will dispute that well-known statement. Just when we think WE get the last laugh, there is always someone else standing-by to start ‘a hilarious uproar’ at our expense and the resulting inert lessons from such an experience could be costly. Have you ever had someone say something ‘not-so-nice’ to you or about you? Their main objective: To bring ridicule and shame! Even before they finish making their vicious and damaging comment(s), these individuals start smiling more and more, until they break out into a hearty laugh. Don’t be fooled! ‘The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it or its intent? Some people will grab at straws to get at us and they may even do so with laughter, whilst at the same time saying “laughter is the best medicine for the body, mind and soul!” Yes, I agree, we do feel healthier when we laugh, BUT the motive of the heart will always determine who truly laughs best! When we do, we must constantly ask ourselves why we are laughing at others.
I have learnt it is much better to laugh constructively with others than at others. What lessons have you learnt from previous experiences? Do you habitually determine in your heart to have the last laugh? Be careful, because that very act can be a seed of unforgiveness which will become more of a burden to you as time goes by. I have also learnt that it is better to laugh at myself instead! When I do that, I hardly have time to notice those who may be laughing at me. There’s no need to keep trying to get back at others. There’s also no need to become cynical of others. As difficult as it may be, it is far better to wish others well in spite of what they may be saying or doing to us. We are all a work in progress and we can all, at any time, join in the work of helping others to progress. That’s how we make progress in our relationships! There is a time to laugh AND a time to cry. They are both serious and necessary occurrences in our lives. They bring balance and hopefully make us more aware of what others may be experiencing when we laugh at them. By now it should be obvious that ‘when’ we laugh is not as important as ‘why’ we laugh. Those who know me personally will know that I laugh often. There are times like now though, where the importance of life hits hard and that is no laughing matter. Acknowledging God, the source of my inspiration, is important, as it softens the impact that this harsh life can have on us. So many people either ignore or are not aware that they need to get serious about life. Life continues with or without us. Significant as life may be, what is even worse is that some of us don’t even take time to consider the possibility of eternal life. Our beliefs may be different, but I know for a fact that we didn’t just happen to be in the earth. Destiny awaits and NOW is the time to go towards its call. The destiny of a people and a nation is at stake! Don’t wait on someone else to make YOUR move. I sincerely hope that these inspired articles move you to positive thoughts then actions. As I am discovering, they can have a ripple effect, as ‘ripples don’t end; they begin again.’ They start another cycle that doesn’t have to be a vicious and deceptive one. From today, let us firstly propose to not continue to laughingly take everything for granted, but instead let us take the necessary time to ask ourselves “who will get the true last laugh?”