This is where many people would grab some coffee, I imagine. I don't drink coffee and never have. I have used tea on occasion but the caffeine makes me feel jittery and sends me racing which I would prefer not to do, especially when pregnant. But there is one substance that can give me a gentle boost of energy, oxygen.
I'm not talking about the stuff you get in Colorado that is high oxygen. I am actually referring to air, breathing, sucking in big breaths of what makes this planet the best planet in the solar system. But here is the funny thing about big breaths of air; it can be used for both relaxing me or waking me. If I take some deep, slow breaths I would be back to sleep in two seconds. But if I do fire breathing or increase my breath depth with laughter it has the power to energize.
Now, am I going to do this right now? No, or at least not very loud, because everyone is still asleep and I need a little time to get ready myself before my family enters the equation. For example, a full shower would be nice before there is a toddler running around or hollering that she needs to go potty. (Though I will take the beauty of her being nearly potty trained any day and will absolutely jump out of that shower to get her there in time.)
But laughter can be my tool throughout the day to re-energize and also remind myself to have a positive perspective. None of these struggles I face today compare to the daily struggle some people life with and I choose to create this day with a positive attitude. Laughter helps me with that...even when I lean toward the english dry humor.
It helps that today is National Let's Laugh day. Hopefully other people will be joining me in laughing off some of the things that may make us grumble of a different day. It helps that "pregnancy brain" gives me lots of situations to laugh about and plenty of opportunities to laugh at myself. Yesterday I sat in a drive-thru for ten minutes before realizing there was no one in the two cars in front of me and the drive-thru was apparently a non-functioning one now. Ten minutes of me consciously telling myself I was going to model patience and chatting with my daughter before realizing this. I will admit to some annoyance that there wasn't a sign but also had to laugh at the ridiculousness of how long it took me.
Even if we can't laugh at ourselves in some situations we can always just laugh for no reason at all. There are even practices like Laughter Yoga to help you get started. So give it a try, let go today and just laugh.
I'm grateful for laughter. I'm grateful to be able to laugh at myself. I'm grateful to feel more energized when I laugh. I'm grateful for the practice of Laughter Yoga that helps me on days humor seems distant. I'm grateful to have experienced the "curing" power of laughter in resetting my body. I'm grateful to know that I will have ample opportunities to laugh about today. And I'm grateful to make the choice in this moment to choose a positive outlook.
What will you choose today? What tools help you create your best day?
May today provide plenty of fresh air to breathe. May we find the ability to laugh both at ourselves and for no reason at all. Have a beautiful day!