8 reasons to smile anytime

Julie Andrews had her favorite things to remember to not feel so bad. Her list (courtesy of Rodgers and Hammerstein) works for me as well when the world bites, client stings, or I’m feeling sad. But I also have my own list of smile inducers that make me laugh every single time I think about them. All are things I either heard directly or others told me about, and I find many “feeling blue” occasions to think about them.

Have a read and a laugh…

Someone once told me, “Never kick a gift horse in the mouth.”
(well, of course not, how rude)

The same person thought that in one of Seinfeld’s commercials for American Express, he was saying “Release the hens!” instead of “Release the hounds!”
(oh the imagery…bockbockbockbockBOCK!)

“I don’t know who this is, but he’s Chinese.”
(Robert E. Lee)

In a memo to all staff from a corporate HR department: “If you don’t do [such-and-such] by [a certain date], you will be in the rears…”
(ouch)

“He pulled the wool right out from under his eyes.”
(again, ouch)

From a grade schooler reading aloud: “His eyes were as big as sausages.”
(and no doubt oddly shaped)

“Can you scare the little Jesus out of someone?”
(I can’t not laugh when I read that)

And my all-time favorite, never-fails-to-crack-me-up question…

“Is it nipped in the bud, or nipped in the butt?”
(Maybe it was the innocent, sincere way he asked me. Imagine it: “Well, I guess we nipped that right in the butt…” )

Are you smiling? Hope so!

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. 
The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments
slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place. 
                                                         ~ Mark Twain

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