But not at your boss. Post with laughs about people living in a world of their own. Particularly bad to do at a job. First a cartoon by jokideo.com
Now for a joke on the same topic of living in your own world that makes me laugh a bit every time I read it. Not about work, but maybe the people who got angry were afraid they will not get to work on time.
Definitely about what matters, and that is not getting locked into thinking you know what others are thinking, and that what matters to you, matters to all.
Thank you High School Friend Jack Simcox for this one. And thank whoever posted it for Jack to find and share. Here it is:Grandma is eighty-eight years old and still drives her own car. She writes to her granddaughter who is away at college. Dear Granddaughter, The other day I went up to our local Christian book store and saw a ‘Honk if you love Jesus’ bumper sticker . I was feeling particularly “sassy” that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting. So, I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper. Boy, am I glad I did; what an uplifting experience that followed. I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good He is. I found that lots of people love Jesus! While I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed, ‘For the love of God!’ ‘Go! Go! Go! Jesus Christ, GO!’ What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus! Everyone started honking! I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all those loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love! There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a sunny beach. I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. I asked your brother who was in the back seat what that meant. He said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something. Well, I have never met anyone from Hawaii , so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign right back. Your brother burst out laughing. Why even he was enjoying this religious experience!! A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed. So, grinning, I waved at all my brothers and sisters, and drove on through the intersection. I noticed that I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared. So I slowed the car down, leaned out the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away. Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!! Will write again soon, Love, Grandma
EMOTional Fitness thoughts and tip
I know most of you laughed. If you didn’t laugh, you are in the midst of a major life blow or too rigidly defending your beliefs (think about killing someone for a political cartoon or at a lessor level think about being annoyed by grammar or spelling errors).
Read on for here is a quick and hopefully funny test of your emotional intelligence or ability to handle negative emotions and stress, what I call Emotional fitness.
The purpose of all EFTI tests is to encourage thinking mostly about what matters, but also about you in order to strengthen what the experts call “self- awareness.” Self-awareness is an important #emotionalintelligence tool, something the grandmother in the joke about lacked.
The other important thing about the above test is to use it to measure the seriousness of a life blow and your progress toward moving ahead. When we normally have a sense of humor and it flees that is a sign of a life blow. When laughter returns, you are on your way again but not back to life as it was. Life blows lead to a new normal, not the old one.
Not a life blow but a big downer for many of the young remains not having a jobs or having one they hate. This Cranky Old Grandmothers wishes instead of telling our youth to pursue the job of their dreams, which sets expectations way to high, we had said:
“Pursue your dreams, but remember work is what you get paid to do. Do it well, and you may earn enough to make your dreams come true.”
Other tips, when possible laugh as often and as loudly as you can but heed these two warnings:
- Do not laugh at the boss even behind his or her back with a fellow employee who seems to feel as you do. The job you lose may be yours.
- Do not to indulge in cruel jokes. Many are funny, but encourage hatred or scorn of others. Bad. What if your boss tells such jokes. Smile to save your job, but intensify your effort to work somewhere else and when you are set in your new job, tell that boss and the one who bosses him or her why you left the job.
A tip for when you find it hard to laugh:
As I age and as my dream that Emotional Fitness might have some monetary success, laughing is harder. Moreover, remembering what matters and watching many in the world retreating to hating of different, at times I feel guilty looking for something to laugh about.
However, as they remind you on airplanes, you need to gather in oxygen for yourself, before reaching out to others. Laughter in these dark times does not provide as much of a boost as it does when times are better; life, but even in high altitudes where there is less oxygen one needs to keep breathing. So it is with seeking out laughter.
As a social media addict, it is easier to find and I easier to share. Go to my Laugh and Play Pinterest page and see if what I share there gives you a giggle or two.
When nothing else works, I visit a Laughing Yoga clip on You Tube. Here’s one.
Practicing a daily emotional fitness program strengthens you for making it through the bad times. Moreover, such programs improve your relationship with yourself and well as with others.
Why do I think mine are Gold Medal Winners? Two reasons and not just because they are easy to practice once learned.
You can practice each one multiple times every day. The more you practice the easier each becomes a healthy habit.
When learned and strengthened, each exercise soothes when stress starts to try to take over your brain.
For all you do to share and care, thank you. If you like what I say “clap your hands and show it” meaning share, like, or comment, you will help at least two people — me and you, but hopefully you will also help some others.
This post was inspired by this Word Press Daily Post Prompt: If money were out of the equation, would you still work? If yes, why, and how much? If not, what would you do with your free time?
Lucky me, I am retireed, but find I work just as hard. Two things drive me. Trying to make the world around me better is always first. Then, I would like to make a bit of money with EFTI. That’s a laugh or so it seems, nevertheless, I laugh on.
Related links of interest
- Laughing Yoga (laughteryoga.org)
- The Deconstruction of Reality (transparencynow.com)
- 12 Easy Emotional Fitness Exercises (emotionalfitnesstraining.com)
- Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
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