Lighten Up, Live a Little

Mirth pleaseth some, to others ’tis offence,
Some commend plain conceit, some profound sense;
Some wish a witty Jest, some dislike that,
And most would have themselves they know not what.
Then he that would please all, and himself too,
Takes more in hand than he is like to do.

III Mon. May hath xxxi days. – Benjamin Franklin

All my life my critics in their more desperate moments have maligned me for my general mirth; the same have complained about the generally joyful atmosphere which permeates most of that which is under my care. To any critic thus disposed I say “lighten up, live a little.”

Perhaps I am biting off more than most would chew, but I cannot imagine living any other way.

4 thoughts on “Lighten Up, Live a Little

  • The ability to bring joy into any situation is something to be admired, not condemned. The wonder and beauty of life surrounds us every day if we have the eyes to see it. What’s the benefit of taking everything so serious anyway!?

  • This is one of those choices that each of us have, and like all of our other choices there are ripple effects. Your choice (and mine also) to bring genuine happiness and joy into each endeavor not only creates a happy atmosphere but enables people to do more and to do more effectively as well. That allows for a joyous experience for all, and that is something that we would all desire isn’t it!

  • “I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”…Martha Washington… You can see why George loved her and even wanted her with him that winter at Valley Forge! Some people are just a delight!

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