Don’t Forget To Be Silly

I’m currently wading through the final edits for my second novel, ‘A New Jerusalem.’ It’s been a slog but I’m finally starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. My family have kept spirits high and yesterday’s work was broken up by several Tik Tok videos involving dance routines, silly voices and air guitar. Rumours that I may have been involved in all of these are utterly without foundation and will be challenged in a court of law if pursued.

Life is serious at the best of times but seems to be even more so at present. All you have to do is switch on the television news to realise that. As a wise man once said, we live in interesting (and depressing) times. We count our blessings. We are all safe and well. We have a roof over our heads and food on the table. I’m getting paid to sit at home and watch Netflix all day long. Life could be a whole lot worse.

Even so, these are days of worry and uncertainty. As we near a return to life outside we fret and frown over what we can expect. How will school and work look? Even the thought of the daily commute to and from the office now appears a minefield of unseen dangers and strange new protocols. Part of me doesn’t want to poke my head above the parapet. As many are straining at the leash to return to normality, whatever that is, others are more reticent.

So it’s important to find humour in the midst of all the doom and gloom. For without it what are we? I, for one, can’t function without it and my writing is laced with Northern Irish banter. We call it ‘the craic.’ Mine is dry, sarcastic and hopefully raises the odd smile. My family groan at my embarrassing ‘dad jokes’ but I get the occasional giggle and that’s what makes it all worthwhile.

Be serious. Become educated and aware of what is going on in the world around you. But please don’t take it to the level where you forget to smile and laugh with your loved ones. Don’t let our broken world drain you of the joie de vivre that needs to course through our veins. We need it to survive, to rebuild and to overcome. Without it we are monochrome. We cannot survive without colour and vibrancy.

Don’t forget to be silly.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

28 thoughts on “Don’t Forget To Be Silly

  1. A lady in the shop told me she always forgets to laugh these days & it broke my heart a little – I can’t imagine a life without laughter. Lovely post, thank you for sharing.

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  2. Spot on. I’ve noticed how everyone is so serious these days and with a short temper. I try to keep myself up and about trying to be funny and have humor in every possible moment. I don’t think I will survive for long in a sad depressing world! thank you for this post. Keep smiling and keep writing great posts. Xx

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  3. Great post for these challenging times. Absolutely wonderful advice to not let the broken world drain us of our joy. Sometimes hard to do, but we should keep and share (appropriately) our sense of humor. I do still have occasional thoughts of silliness or irony that are best kept to myself.

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  4. This is the kind of words I need right now. I’m currently in a hiatus from spending time on my social media accounts and I feel like I need to focus more on myself. Life is too precious to get wasted stressing about a lot of things and yes, we shouldn’t really forget to be silly. 🙂

    Nice post, thank you.

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  5. I’d almost forgotten how good it feels to laugh – hysterically – until my sweet, silly puppy started his evening conversation with me which was followed by zoomies, and face licks and climbing on my shoulders until I was on the floor in a full-body hug and giggle. It felt wonderful and relieved so much weight and stress that I didn’t even know I was keeping inside. Laugh and the world laughs with you. We are hurting in this world right now – and it almost feels like we shouldn’t laugh – that it is misplaced for the times we are facing. But there is still goodness to be found and good humor. Thank you for sharing yours!

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  6. Wise words especially at the current time. Smiling and laughing, if we feel like doing so and are up for it, are great ways to lift spirits. Also, dad jokes are great: obvious enough anyone can get them, and just cringy enough to be worth a few laughs!

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