Don’t you hate that awkward moment when you wave to someone who is waving at you—until you realize that they were waving at someone behind you?
I’m not sure what exactly it is about this harmless social misstep that makes you want to crawl under a rock and hide.
Robert Benchley made a bigger blunder when he asked a man in a uniform outside a restaurant to get a cab for him. He was informed that he wasn’t speaking to a bellboy, but an admiral in the U.S. Navy.
Where I’d just want to die, Benchley rolled with it. Without missing a beat, he said, “I’m sorry. Can I get a battleship instead?”
The wise woman of Proverbs 31 is praised for her industriousness, character, and relationships, but my favorite line comes from verse 25: “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.”
Certainly the principle can be abused, but don’t let the misuse keep you from the rightful use. There is something incredibly powerful about the ability to laugh in the face adversity, and even more so not to take ourselves too seriously.
Want to know another term for “not taking ourselves too seriously”? We call that humility. And laughter can actually be a path towards it.