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Monday, January 12, 2015

You Can't Plan for This

I plan to post here on Lifelines every Monday. Some posts may be humorous but all will be insightful. I hope you find this blog inspiring and entertaining, perhaps finding a nugget of wisdom to help you in days to come. In the right sidebar you can sign up to follow the blog and never miss when a new post goes up. Also in the right sidebar you can join my mailing list and receive my newsletter, which has a book giveaway in each issue.

"Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It's unbridled, it's unplanned, it's full of surprises." --Erma Bombeck

Among the words in the quotation above, the one that gives humor its entitled greatness is “spontaneous.” Many might disagree with me but I think being spontaneous is truly the spice of life. Some folks don’t want to be nor are they able to be spontaneous. And that’s okay.

Genuine humor and laughter just happen. You can’t plan

humor that results in a real belly laugh. You can’t plan humor that cracks up a group of people. Those with a true sense of humor possess a gift. They can cheer up those who need it and cause those who are discouraged to smile.

And talk about the Queen of Humor—Erma Bombeck elicited chuckles with her writing. Remember when the book The Bridges of Madison County came out? That novel was on the serious side. Erma wrote a newspaper column about the book’s situation and how it affected the female reading population of our country. Her column had me laughing out loud. Made my day.

The writer of Proverbs mentions that a cheerful or merry heart is a good medicine (Proverbs 7:22). Humor is a better experience than sadness. Oh, I know, humor is not appropriate at all times and in all places. But when it is, I enjoy being around humorous people.

I can smile just remembering humorous times in my life. Recalling a funny memory each day might be beneficial. Couldn't hurt. One more thing--I think it's okay to laugh at ourselves. What is your funniest memory?


  1. Jo, I got your post directly in my inbox today. Thanks! My husband is a humorist. He is very good at puns and even has my pastor trying to outwit him. It is fun to be married to one who see the humor in life.

    1. Ann, thanks for your comment letting me know about your receiving the post in your inbox! We need to see humor in life--I'm glad your husband provides that for y'all.