My friend, client and "Near-Death-Experiencer" Rudy Anderson just received acknolwedgement inthe Hall of Fame at NDERF.com (Near-Death-Experience Forum) with his essay on laughter and a long life, which ultimately acknowledges the benefit of retaining a carefree spirit - and not letting anything or anyone get your goat.
Below you will find that post, followed by it's original link.
Herbie J :)
"The average 5 year old in the U.S. laughs 400 times per day. The average adult laughs 15 times."
"An adult is just a deteriorating child."
- Ashley MontagueMore:
In the 90's, the life expectancy of Japanese CEOs dying there was an amazing low...51 years of age... Guess how many times they laughed a day?
If, to enter in...to the Kingdom of God... we are to be as children... perhaps we should not take ourselves, our goofy bodies and our work so seriously.
In my NDE.... I was shown... in my life review... how work...without compassion...eating... and pooping... were just fast forwarded past...left in the dust bin of what is cast as far as the East is from West is far... and remembered no more.... where time ends...But the moments of joyful laughter and awe that comes from the natural beauty ofthe world... those moments when we shined... or when we delighted in one another...those frozen in time moments... when we comforted another... or we were comforted...the gentle kindnesses shared... these are the building blocks of the 5th world....Laughter is but one window into what the new earth will be built upon.
Though we spend our whole lives helping the needy, sick, poor, and we forget to smile or laugh... we may fail to get those moments into our final life review. If we turn it all into a job, then it may only be work for this world and not the next.
I am not saying that compassionate, meaningful work will not make it in. It will. What I am trying to say is that, as a opposed to cruel laughter, a peaceful smile binds our actions to our soul...joyful laughter is a thread that givesour hearts a reason to sing... helps us stay in this world to do the important work wepenned before we fell into our pain bodies.
Though we fail at our dreams givento us by God herself... though everything we should do to impress God crashes to the ground.
If we laughed in the face of our own failures... if we gave a deep down belly laugh... when the dark clouds of the storm began to encircle us...and we laugh... and smiled... knowing that our laughter and smiles dispel the illusions of doom...even if momentarily... the gloom will dissipate.
These are moments the Being of Light I met.... in the place I call Heaven... admires. He was so happy to see me... She was so glad for my return. Te love that embraced my tiny little life was that of a proud father... a most caring mother... and yes God who is love laughed...with a deep down belly laugh... and the angels smiled and sang... while my tangled and broken body was smashing through theglass... rolling in that cornfield.
In my NDE... I met the best mother... the most wonderful father... that just loved me because I was his son... I was her child... and she marveled at the least little moment of joy that I showed her.... he delighted in my least littlevictory over fear..
I have never felt so truly loved... but I came back to that broken body....that bloody corpse... and gave it life again...I know I am the fool... but I still do remarkable things some days... and I smile...I know I entered a body with a mind that is muddled and dull... but my spirit is a mountain of love...that makes its way through the dense gray matter that was never wired to fit into this world... Not belonging inthis world... but having returned to it anyway... I could just sit and cry...waiting for my demise... but instead... from time to time... I laugh.
I have broken my neck three times... but today my neck is fine... I feel no pain... and though I want to go home there... I have resigned myself to being here... doing my best to bring as much there here as my mean body will allow... laughing when I fail...but getting upeach morning... before the cars begin to roar... dogs begin to yelp.... sometime seven before the birds begin the first chirping of the day... and I start tapping into that quiet still voice and smile... because I know I am loved.
And so is the Light in you... and everyone that has a soul... and even for those who have no souls... when they imitate the love they see in those who love...While we are on the journey back home... a smile and laughter is the best way I know how... to get on God's radar.
By the end of the day... it is harder tosmile... but it is is my journey today... to smile and laugh anyway.
Love, Light, & Joyful Laughter