Charles M. Schulz, the cartoonist who created the “Peanuts” comic strip, once said, “If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.”
Schulz was certainly not the first to discover the power of laughter. As we all learn when studying “The Iliad,” the blacksmith god Hephaestus uses humor in order to diffuse the mounting tension in the council of the gods.
So as the tensions mount in our own lives over the next few weeks, remember to lighten up and laugh a little, for no matter what happens, life will continue.
Schulz expressed it best in his comic strip, so I will quote at length:
“…You worked hard, studying for the spelling bee, and I suppose you feel you let everyone down, and you made a fool of yourself and everything. But did you notice something, Charlie Brown?“
“The world didn’t come to an end.”