Thankful For My Sense Of Perspective & Humor (#8)

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Q: What is the difference between crisis and inconvenience?
A: Perspective 

Life often gets more complicated than it should be and the ability to keep things in perspective is a wonderful thing.  I am thankful for being able to find the humor in most things and understand there is a lot of inconveniences and annoyances in life and very little crisis.  Actual crisis is a fact of life, though. We all go through them.  If you can find even a little humor in things it helps. 

I remember one instance when our family was going through a very difficult time. It was a legitimate family crisis. One of my step-sons had experienced a psychotic attack his senior year in high school and ended up in the mental ward of a hospital out of town.  My husband, his ex-wife, one of my step-daughters and I were all in the same car driving to the hospital to get updated on what was going on and what would be the course of treatment.  For his ex-wife and me to even be in the same car was uncomfortable. To be there under those circumstances was very tense. It was a very difficult situation, as you can imagine. 

My step-daughter was driving.  She has a tendency to drive too fast and tailgate if she can't pass the car in front of her.   This made everyone in the car (except her I guess) even more tense.  I spoke up and said, "Lana, we would all appreciate it if you don't give the guy in front of us an enema."   Everyone laughed.  She did back off and I think everyone relaxed just a little.  It wasn't much, but it did help lighten the moment and the day. 

It's not always easy, but if you can find a little humor in situations it can help.  I am thankful for being able to do that. 

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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Carol Williams, you're so right. There are times when we don't even know if we can speak a word, we will be tested for sure. In life, stuff happens, how we handle them makes a great difference.

Nov 17, 2018 12:24 PM #1
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Carol- Sometimes when there are moments like the one you were in, someone has to deflate the balloon that is about to pop!!!  

Nov 17, 2018 12:26 PM #2
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Carol, you are so right. Laughter is good medicine and we should all take a dose day and night. 

Nov 17, 2018 12:50 PM #3
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

If it were not for my humor I would have died years ago of bordom

Nov 17, 2018 03:01 PM #4
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

There is a reason they say laughter is the best medicine.

Nov 17, 2018 03:36 PM #5
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Humor for the Tumor is what I believe.  I do not know what I would do without laughter and humor.  
I hope your step-son is okay these days and has managed to work through the attacks.  

Nov 17, 2018 04:34 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Like you Carol I am always looking for the lighter side and to break up the tension, I guess that is a requirement to be a successful Realtor...what a story you shared and what a picture.Endre

Nov 17, 2018 08:00 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Carol.

A little humor can go a long way to making something tolerable.

Nov 18, 2018 02:51 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Carol. I like your opening question and think you are right.

Nov 18, 2018 06:16 AM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Carol

Well that was a pretty funny line - I'll have to remember that.

And I agree, a bit of levity can be a good thing especially in a tense moment.


Nov 18, 2018 08:08 AM #10
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Humor often diffuses difficult moments, and I use it as often as I can. I make myself laugh most of the time, and once people get my wry sense of humor, they get it, too. We have a choice in how we interact with people.

Nov 18, 2018 04:45 PM #11
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Carol, I am glad I read your post to understand the photo. Yes humor is such a wonderful way to defuse escalating tensions.

Nov 19, 2018 11:19 AM #12
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Humor is an important part of each day. I think you handled the situation is a very nice way. Thanks for sharing, Carol.

Nov 19, 2018 07:45 PM #13
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Clearly, your zinger was a great way to address the situation with humor without offending anyone. Kudos to you for your quick wit. 

Nov 20, 2018 08:48 AM #14
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

We laugh a lot in our house too - life's too short not to find the humor in life, Carol.

As for the enema comment...OMG, I'm going to have to use that! You relaxed everyone in the car by making them laugh without being 'insulting' to the driver either! I love it!

Nov 20, 2018 11:45 AM #15
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