It’s so easy to get caught up in the little daily details and forget to appreciate the humor of the moment. Some of my favorite people have a gift for seeing the humorous side of everything, and that’s refreshing.
Everyone loves to laugh (well, almost everyone) . . . so this message is a reminder that it’s good for us.
I wrote a song a while back to help me remember the wisdom of this favorite quote . . .
“Life is too important to be taken seriously.” — Oscar Wilde
Here’s a link to the song . . .
Here are a few great ideas about humor, and then an actual example of humor in action:
“Humor is by far the most significant activity of the human brain.” – Edward De Bono
“True humor is fun – it does not put down, kid, or mock. It makes people feel wonderful, not separate, different, and cut off. True humor has beneath it the understanding that we are all in this together.” – Hugh Prather
“A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.” – Clive James
And now (drum roll please) an example of people wise enough to appreciate the humor in their everyday lives . . .
After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a ‘gripe sheet,’ which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.
Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS’ pilots and the solutions recorded by the aircraft mechanics.
(By the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.)
PILOT: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
MECHANIC: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
PILOT: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
MECHANIC: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.
PILOT: Something loose in cockpit
MECHANIC: Something tightened in cockpit
PILOT: Dead bugs on windshield.
MECHANIC: Live bugs on back-order.
PILOT: Auto pilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent…
MECHANIC: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
PILOT: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
MECHANIC: Evidence removed.
PILOT: DME volume unbelievably loud.
MECHANIC: DME volume set to more believable level.
PILOT: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
MECHANIC: That’s what friction locks are for.
PILOT: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
MECHANIC: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
PILOT: Suspected crack in windshield.
MECHANIC: Suspect you’re right.
PILOT: Number 3 engine missing.
MECHANIC: Engine found on right wing after brief search
PILOT: Aircraft handles funny.
MECHANIC: Aircraft warned to be serious, straighten up, and fly right.
PILOT: Target radar hums.
MECHANIC: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
PILOT: Mouse in cockpit.
MECHANIC: Cat installed.
PILOT: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
MECHANIC: Took hammer away from midget.
Life is Too Important to Be Taken Seriously
This is just plain fun . . . an unlikely love song and reminder of the importance of making it a point to deliberately live life in joy, reverance, and with a light-hearted spirit. A good sence of humor always seems to come in handy too!
Create your own personal celebration of life by your choices, rather than allowing life to be something that merely happens to you, or around you.
I always appreciated the refreshing attitude of faith coupled with a healthy attitude of self-reliance demonstrated by this adventurous preacher’s style of prayer.
About all the stuff you’ve been keeping that’s not good enough to actually use, but it’s way too good to throw away.
Our moments are fleeting . . . and finite. Too few to squander on “bad news”. We must steer our attention deliberately in order to attract the kind of life we were born to live.
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We share the journey, even though each journey is unique. It’s encouraging to know others are also interested in the mysteries of life. It’s inspiring to see others dedicated to living life to the fullest, in spite of the fact that humanity has been making some of the same mistakes for centuries.
Allow your passions to stretch their wings and the direction of your life could surprise you – in a good way. Celebrate life with passion!
The idea is to occasionally turn off the senses in order to better tune into the aliveness that lies beyond them. The realization that there is something beyond the world of the five senses can provide an “aha” experience, especially at first. With the senses turned off (or even turned down), there remains a vibrant sense of aliveness – the world of feeling and the realm of being.
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