Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lighten Up!

Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine.

Psalm 2:4
The One enthroned in heaven laughs.

      Have you ever been told to just lighten up? I have. Every personality test that I have taken depicts me as a “melancholy” personality. Previous reading of personality books describing the strengths of a melancholy encouraged me to think that I have a lot to offer the world. They included: 

Deep and thoughtful
Serious and purposeful
Genius prone (my personal favorite)
Talented and creative
Artistic or musical
Appreciative of beauty
Sensitive to others
     That all sounds pretty good. So, why am I occasionally told to just lighten up?  I mean, I’m right up there with Schuman, Chopin, Mozart and Picasso—melancholy genius. So, to satisfy my curiosity, I pulled my red Webster’s from the bookshelf, thumbed through to page 884 and found my answer. I immediately took a dive into a melancholy tailspin.

     According to Mr. Webster, the word melancholy originated from a black bile coming from the spleen or kidneys and causing gloominess, irritability or depression—a tendency to be sad. I’m in tears as I write. So, I have decided to make it a point to “lighten up”. After all, a cheerful heart is good medicine, and God sits enthroned in heaven and laughs. I figure if God can find something to laugh about—surely I can.
     Therefore, I have a plan. Step one: When I go to the dentist later this week, I will ask for nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Step two: I will attempt to sneak a small canister of the stuff into my purse. Step three: The next time I’m told to “lighten up” I’ll just pull out the laughing gas and spray it on the unsuspecting grouch that thinks I need to laugh.

     I believe this plan is deep and thoughtful, analytical, serious and purposeful, talented and creative. Actually, I think it is pure genius. I suppose I really am a melancholy, but I have learned to lighten up!

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