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Minister’s forum: Take a deep breath … and try to laugh

John Aldax

I’m a news junkie. I devour news programs and talk-radio by the hour. I enjoy the exchange of ideas and being stretched to see life and issues from other people’s perspectives and points of view. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t seem to find anyone in the media (of any persuasion) who has a positive outlook to bring to their viewers/listeners. I’ve listened carefully to reports of low interest rates, low inflation rates, high employment rates, a strong stock market – all followed by either a spoken or implied, “but … we’re on the brink of doom.”

I had intended to write something profound and thought-provoking, but frankly I’ve had enough. Instead I’ve decided to share a few of my favorite stereotypical men vs. women jokes that have been sent to me over the years. They probably aren’t politically correct or culturally sensitive, but I’m getting kind of tired of that, too. Hey, it’s the weekend, get a cup of coffee, or chai tea, take a deep breath, allow a smile to form on your lips, and chill out for a few minutes. The troubles of the world will still be there when you get back.

There is nothing profound or thought-provoking in this article, just a meager attempt by one weary traveler to bring a little relief to fellow travelers. Enjoy.

— If Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara go out for lunch, they will call each other Laurie, Linda, Elizabeth and Barbara. If Mark, Chris, Eric and Tom go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Godzilla, Peanut-Head and Scrappy.

— A woman has the last word in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

— Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams. A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

— A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no sense in two people remembering the same thing.

— A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of mules, jack-asses, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, “Relatives of yours?” “Yep,” the wife replied, “in-laws.”

One of my favorite talk-radio hosts signs off with, “Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.” So lighten up. Don’t be so serious all the time. Take a deep breath, smile – maybe even laugh once in a while. It’s good for you. “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

– John Aldax is a pastor at Sierra Communiy Church.

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