FOR HUMOR MONTH 2016
MAKING SENSE OF HUMOR… AND SPIRITUALITY
“Perhaps the essence of… humor and spirituality can be defined in terms of the difference between our peripheral selves and our essential selves. Most of us identify too strongly with our looks, our possessions, our social status, our achievements. We see ourselves in all the layers of being that enclose our central core. By learning to laugh at those layers, those facades and pretensions with which we attempt to impress the world, we are able to slip out of them as a snake slips out of its skin. This permits us to contact that part of ourselves that religions call our soul. We call it our essential self, but it amounts to the same thing—an affirmation that we embody at least a spark of divinity and that life at its core is to be cherished.” -Harvey Mindess
QUIZ: HOW ENLIGHTENED ARE YOU?
If you can live without caffeine,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him or her,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics,
–Then you have almost reached the same level of spiritual development as your dog!
One Buddhist monk leaned over to another and quietly asked, “Are you not thinking what I’m not thinking?”
A quip from Robert Frost: “Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I’ll forgive Thy great big joke on me.”
How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans.
At the entrance to a Hindu temple there was a beggar always stretching out his hand, asking and pleading for alms. One day he stretched out both of his hands. A passerby asked him: “All these days, you were stretching out only one hand—why are you today stretching out two hands?” To which the beggar replied: “Hari Om! Praise God! Business was so good that I opened another branch!”
Voltaire: “God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.”
As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.
I’ve taken a vow of poverty. To test me, please send money.
No sense being pessimistic. It wouldn’t work anyway.
The Yogi walked into the Zen Pizza Parlor and said: “Make me one with everything.” When the Yogi got the pizza, he gave the proprietor a $20 bill. The proprietor pocketed the bill. The Yogi said “Don’t I get any change?” The proprietor said, “Change must come from within.”
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Wishing you a very happy and healthy Humor Month!!!
Thanks for sharing the joy and wonderment of humor with us.
Steve Wilson, Director
National Humor Month