Friday, September 25, 2015

Don't take yourself too seriously

“It's your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don't take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.” Betty White

The ability to find humor in our lives is incredibly valuable. The key is to keep your mentality grounded without losing a sense of what is important. I have found and utilized the unique ability of humor to lighten up many situations that I have come across. There is nothing humorous about pushing with everything that you have to regain the ability to ambulate. A person who is in a hospital can be distracted by the ability to giggle at the inevitably awkward moments that will come as a person attempts the ability to move around independently. It is an incredible gift to be able to find light humor in all situations. It is far too easy to lose hope and allow yourself to be overcome by much of life. Life in a rehab setting, (life in a hospital in general) can seem overwhelming and it is easy to fall into the trap of feeling hopeless. Interaction with people is what can keep patients enthusiastic regarding his/her recovery. I am happy to report that I have come across many patients who have taken the initiative to encourage and pose as an enthusiastic influence to many other patients. Positivity is contagious and people feel better as they try and encourage others. People are given a sense of purpose as they are motivated to encourage others. I try and share Betty White’s advice to every person that I meet especially through work. People want to feel encouraged and enthusiastic about the things that they are attempting to do. People need to set out on a venture to help improve the lives of others because in turn they will greatly improve their own lives. It is helpful and necessary to realize that the ability to laugh is incredible and freeing. I would love to hear who else has had a positive experience in their rehabilitation process as a result of humor. I can distinctly recall many times where I have stepped aside and realized that I need to make every attempt possible to hold on to the joyous humor that I was experiencing at that moment. No matter what your circumstance in life, everybody needs to be able to experience humor. I thank you for reading and would welcome any comments that you may have.

~Noelle

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