I base a lot of my way that I frame situations on the fact that I believe each occasion in life is either a good time or a good story. Sometimes they can be both, but most often than not when you are having a good time it isn’t raining, you don’t have a flat tire, and you didn’t just break your neck. On the other hand, when you have a belly laugh from a good story, it is because you unknowingly spent the night in a Turkish brothel, you got fired but had time to take a walkabout to South America, or you just were stood-up, but ran into someone far more attractive and interesting.
I’m not the only one that has had similar thoughts. Good ole Charlie Chaplin said, “Life is tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-short.” So true, man with the weird moustache. When you look at the trauma, obstacles, and all the other curveballs that you are served up close, they look like drama, but from afar, they are like comic strips.
As I’m writing a memoir about my traumatic accident in 2009-2010 where I lost health, love, and career, I’m seeing comedy in some of my lowest points and biggest hurdles. As I was living the experience, it certainly wasn’t humorous. It was the most painful time of my life.
Can you relate? Are you belly laughing about your past flops and failures? It’s tough to make it over that lost job or being stood-up, but it passes. And, they all can good times or good stories.
Don’t you agree?