Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad. Psalm 126:2-3
A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13
All the days of the afflicted are evil, but he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast. Proverbs 15:1
A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Sitting in the O’Hara one afternoon waiting on a flight to return home from a business trip (one day in 2005), I focused on a man sitting across the aisle. His frozen expression was lifeless. Clutching a cane he appeared weak and possibly ill. His stare was cold and expressionless.
After a few moments the man seated next to me spoke to him about the delay of their flight. He was younger. They looked alike. Brothers I thought.
Still the elder man’s face did not change. Too ill to care I thought. How sad it is when we grow older and disease robs us of physical and emotional strength. I can identify.
The reason I was sitting was because of serious problems with swelling in my feet and legs. My traveling associates were young, strong men and had helped me carry my luggage. They were kind and considerate, treating me as a father figure with concern for my health and safety. They had insisted I find a seat and relieve the pressure on my feet rather than stand as many fellow travelers. They would watch the carry-on luggage.
After approximately after some twenty minutes a woman slightly younger than the elder gentleman arrived. She removed some luggage sitting in the seat next to him and sat down. Still there was little change in his expression.
I turned away to view the crowd and when my eyes returned to the couple she was opening a small bag of cashew nuts. She offered some to him. His expression lit up as he reached into the bag and selected a few nuts. He seemed to enjoy the invitation she extended. I don’t know their relationship yet I would presume they were married.
The second time she offered him some cashews a smile flooded his face. He seemed to come to life and say something to her. Whatever was said must have been humorous. All three of the traveling companions burst into laughter again and again.
I continued to observe them. His eyes were now full of life. He looked at me and continued to giggle and laugh. I suppose he thought I knew what was said. I had no idea.
Moments earlier the somber look and cold stare seemed to focus on problems in life. A light moment with humor and laughter changed the scene. I laughed with them. Not because I understood but because I was happy to see life.
Small things add meaning to life. Little moments bring memories that last a lifetime. Problems vanish in a wave of laugher.
I need more nutty situations, I thought. Life is about enjoying the little things