By Megha Bajaj
Making light of serious situations helps lift one’s spirits
My neighbour Harsh lives up to his name. Whenever we meet him, he is laughing. His laughter is so loud and merry that even in the worst of moods, just thinking of his face cheers me up.
Recently, we had gone out for dinner and everything that could go wrong, did. Harsh was the only person in the entire restaurant who was undisturbed. He simply called for steamed rice, curds, and water for himself and remarked with a loud laugh, “They can’t possibly go wrong with these items!”
In fact, he even made the waiters laugh and gradually through his jokes not only did our mood change, but I could even sense a shift in the atmosphere of the restaurant. My husband, Arun, asked him the secret to his laughter and Harsh replied, “Today being a Sunday we won’t get place elsewhere. Now if I have to eat here, and pay them so much, I may as well have a good time!” Another booming laughter followed, and we joined in.
From Harsh, I have learnt an important lesson, which is that in life, either everything can be enjoyed, or everything can be seen as a big pain. As children, we enjoyed everything. Why is the masti missing now?
Take me, for example. Every morning is a struggle for me. I love my job of writing and teaching – however those mundane morning chores like brushing, bathing, cooking, exercising, and meditating before I begin work were a big pain for me. Yet, I knew I had to do it, so I did it complainingly. After knowing Harsh, I have made it a habit to jump out of the bed as my eyes open and say, “Oh what a fun-filled day it’s going to be!”
I brush my teeth joyously, by pretending that the toothbrush is talking to each tooth. I bathe while listening to great music!
Cooking is no longer drudgery. My husband loves South Indian food and I love Western dishes so instead of making a compromise, I have started getting creative. Today, I tried a Mexican dosa (which we both loved!) and am planning on pizza idlis tomorrow! And exercise? Such a serious word, isn’t it? I have replaced it with ‘Playing with my body’ and be it dancing, jiggling or hoola-hoops, each session has become so much fun that after one hour, I have to remind myself to stop. I even use balloons at times and just bounce a few, ensuring they do not touch the ground. The stretches I have to do to just play this game could make a yoga guru sit up and watch.
Spirituality? I really believe spirituality can be made fun – and I do this by sometimes practising Sufi whirling, sometimes dancing in a state of trance, sometimes listening to a beautiful piece of music, or even at times by just watching a child at play. The more I laugh, the closer I feel to God.
Wait, before you flip the page, for my sake, laugh. Have a fun-filled month.
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