This year started with contemplation – again! It seems like I always start with that and end up with a mess and more questions than answers.
Since 2020 was so horrific in so many ways, and since it also felt like it produced more angry/hateful feelings than average, my contemplation revolved around happiness.
I went through the everyday shrink things:
- What makes me happy?
- What can I do or change to become happier?
- Is there anyone in my life that does not make me happy? (Ya, but he is almost out of power -LOL.)
You know, all the regular questions and quizzes you give yourself when you are trying to figure something out. There are far too many for me to mention in here, but you get the picture (Ha. Ha. My pun on words, bad, I know, but the butler made me do it.).
Then Wednesday morning hit, and my sister helped me discover a simple answer.
SILL – OLD – STUPID – BUT FUNNY – MOVIES.
We have a routine at about 5:30 a.m. every workday. Monday through Friday at 5:30 a.m., we are on our own computer in our shared office playing Mahjong (like you do). On Wednesday morning, I was tired of listening to the same old political, scary, B.S. news; so, I went flipping through Pluto (pluto.com – great free tv if you are tired of cable, and NO, I am not affiliated.) and found this beauty:
You know this one from the 1980s. While playing our games and listening to the movie, it dawned on me; we do not even have to watch the film. We knew almost all the words by heart, especially the little “catchphrases” we all know and love.
- “It’s a matter of life after death; now that he’s gone, I have a life.”
- “I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing here, but I am determined to enjoy myself.”
- “LET US IN, LET US IN! LET US OUT, LET US OUT!”
- “SO WHO DID IT?”
That’s just a few of the goodies we rattled off while listening to it. Then it came to me, both my sister and I were smiling. Sometimes we were even chuckling and laughing out loud. This got me thinking about other great happiness movies we had seen.
- Young Frankenstein.
- Blazing Saddles
- All the Muppet movies (especially the Christmas Carol and Treasure Island ones)
- Robin Hood Men in Tights
- Princess Bride (“Wuv, truu Wuv.”)
- More recently, Pixels, Once Upon a Deadpool (the more kid-friendly version), and most everything done with Rowan Atkinson in it.
Apparently, there is a mystical hidden message that all of these movies have in common (“Leave us alone Mel Brooks!”), and I have deciphered it and will share it with you now:
DON’T THINK, JUST ENJOY!
That’s it! These movies all make us laugh, giggle, or just smile without even watching them because we don’t have to think about it. In fact, you really don’t want to think about them. You just want to enjoy them. They are silly, goofy, nonsense that pokes fun at everything. They have fantastic play-on-words all through them, and you don’t even need the movie on to use them.
That moment on Wednesday morning also reminded me, how many times (in a single week) did my sister and I throw out those silly play-on-words at each other, to keep things happy? Far too many to try to count. What a fantastic true way to happiness!
In conclusion, my excellent Reader, is to have you turn on some silly movies like those I have listed. You may even have several of them yourself from which to choose. Go for it! Don’t let one more nasty person, political B.S., or hateful act get you today. Just pop on a silly, no-brainer movie while you are eating dinner tonight (remember, you don’t have to watch it to know what’s going on – just listen.) and be happy.
I also found that watching before bed helps us sleep so much better. (“Ahh, sweet mystery of life, at last, I found you.”)
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