On Friday April 24 our team worked hours and hours to prepare and finish a 6 minute video for the Mayberry Baha'i School, first online seasonal school. We worked hard for several days. And all of the sudden, we broke out into giggle fits. Making it hard to rerecord a slide we were editing. How fun it was for my sister and Mom and me to end this project with gales of laughter. Tears in our eyes.
Celebrating, releasing stress, making memories for our family - with my 10 year old nephew getting to see his Mom, Grandmom and Aunt working and laughing together.
On Thursday April 23 another team of friends - who started a half hour check in and devotional at the end of March because of the CoVid lockdown experience - ended the meeting with great big laughs. Laura shared a joke (luckily we keep a running google document each day to share the gems shared in the group) she found on Bahá'í Stories. (Tedi shared that the joke actually came from a famous comedian). We laughed together so much.
Many moments kept coming up telling me how important humor and joyful laughter is - that helps bond, release the stress, get a reset, create memories, and energies to look at life with hope and joy and determination to love and serve Bahá'u'lláh.
- "Humour too, as you say, is an essential element in preserving a proper balance in this life and in our comprehension of reality."
(The Universal House of Justice, 23 July 1985 to an individual believer)
"Abandonment of "a frivolous conduct" does not imply that a Bahá’í must be sour-faced or perpetually solemn. Humour, happiness, joy are characteristics of a true Bahá’í life. Frivolity palls and eventually leads to boredom and emptiness, but true happiness and joy and humour that are parts of a balanced life that includes serious thought, compassion and humble servitude to God are characteristics that enrich life and add to its radiance."
(The Universal House of Justice, 1997 Jan 12, The Humourist, p. 2-3)