“Bend over, you have a message waiting in the paging assistance area.”
This was the announcement I heard as I walked through the airport. About every three minutes, I heard,
“Bend Over, you have a message waiting…”
I smiled each time. Everyone around me laughed and smiled as well.
Many people remarked that “some kids were having fun.”
Yet everyone thought it was funny.
I had just left a plane where I sat next to a young German girl, about ten years old, traveling alone from Frankfurt to Charlotte. She spoke no English. Yet my smiles reassured her. And when she laughed at the cartoons and animated movies during the flight, I couldn’t help but peek at her screen to see what was so funny. I wanted to laugh too.
Laughter is multi-cultural and never gets old. All people laugh at all ages. Even my mother who had lost her ability to speak as her Alzheimer’s advanced still smiled and laughed when I took her to feed the ducks.
Faith can connect and give people hope. So does laughter. I were to put faith and laughter side by side, I would say they are equally powerful. And laughter can be more contagious than faith to those who are resistant. It’s hard not to smile when someone around you is laughing. I believe they both work miracles.
Open your heart today by finding things to laugh at and sharing what you found with others.
And the next time you see the paging phone at the airport, have the guts to pick it up and send a message to Ima Joker.