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Information Overload

It doesn’t happen very often, but I saw my oldest son go through information overload this weekend. Perhaps it comes from being a senior in high school and having in less than two months time the following: SAT, ACT and semester final exams. The finals start tomorrow. I’m hoping Michael recovers from the ACT in time to switch gears to finals.

There comes a point where you’ve pushed yourself too much, too far, too fast and you have to disengage. We tried all sorts of things to help Michael relax from the test so he could get back to regular homework assignments due Monday morning, but it was laughter that finally eased the tension. As the wise man said, a merry heart is like a good dose of medicine!

Overload is easy to experience, especially around the holiday times. Before your natural instincts to shut down and disengage go into autopilot – make sure you take some time to laugh. Watch some kids playing at a playground. Read a corny joke book. Watch one of the “Thou Shalt Laugh” presentations or post a joke on social media and ask others to keep it going.

The people around you want to stay connected, so take a moment to laugh instead of having to disengage. Enjoy the holiday season. Laugh!!

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Matthew is our middle child, and true to form is the main comic among the children. Why is this phenomenon so pervasive that middle children become the clowns of the family?

Karl is a news hound. Warning: the previous sentence was an understatement of unimaginable proportions. As is his habit, he was scrolling through the latest in news at the end of breakfast, doing his thin ice trick. Will he find something fun to encourage the children to get finished and get out the door for school or will he serve as a bigger distraction and make everyone late? Each day we find out which kind of news it will be. Today’s news was material for Matthew’s latest comic routine.

Disney has bought Lucas Films – think Star Wars. Upon hearing this news from his father, Matthew blurted out, “What’s next, Star Wars Fairy Tales? Taste my sparkle saber!”

Everyone should have a morning laugh. The benefits of the oxygen intake alone are worth it. I have my youngest son to thank for today’s morning laugh. Perhaps for Christmas, I’ll even get him a sparkle saber!

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