30 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 22

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Life often gets more complicated than it should be and the ability to find a little humor is a wonderful thing. 

I am thankful for being able to find some humor in most things, including a lot of challenging situations life presents us. 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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Comments (27)

Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

There's always a place for humor in my world.  I think you and I would get along famously.

Nov 22, 2020 09:02 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker

I can votch for that Chris Ann Cleland . Carol is a crack up!

Nov 22, 2020 01:19 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Your story is a good one. And yes, humor can ease tensions pretty quickly. I remember, long ago, arguing with a former beau. He interrupted my frustrating rant with this, spoken in old west style, " You sure are beautiful when you're all riled up, ma'am." He stopped me cold and we had a good laugh. What's interesting is that I have no idea what we were upset over, but I do remember his great use of humor. It's a powerful tool. Plus, life is just a heck of alot more fun with a lot of laughter. There are a few people who need to remove the stick, if you know what I mean. :) 

Nov 22, 2020 09:31 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

As I was laughing at your story, I flashed over to this picture 

Nov 22, 2020 12:05 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Hahahaha

Nov 22, 2020 02:32 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hey Brian England 
Humor is essential to keeping me sane in this crazy world.

Nov 22, 2020 12:16 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Kathy Streib 
"A bandaid for a bad situation"... I like that. 

Nov 22, 2020 12:17 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Nina Hollander 
Sometimes I have to laugh at myself to keep from crying.  LOL

Nov 22, 2020 12:18 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Grant Schneider 
My husband's ex-wife offered up many tense situations in which to find humor.  LOL

Nov 22, 2020 12:18 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Wayne Martin 
You're sure right about that. And, I did love that Art Linkletter show with kids. 

Nov 22, 2020 12:19 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Thank you Michael Jacobs
I appreciate the many Pondertunities you offer up.  Humor and Pondertunities. A great combination.

Nov 22, 2020 12:21 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Will Hamm 
Ex-wives offer up many opportunities to search for humor, don't they? I'm glad I'm not an ex-wife.  LOL

Nov 22, 2020 12:22 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Chris Ann Cleland 
If you have a sense of humor you are my friend!  I hope we get to meet someday.

Nov 22, 2020 12:22 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

OMG that is so a CAROL!  You crack me up girlfriend   And oh yea, I can imagine how uncomfortable that situation could have been. 

Nov 22, 2020 01:17 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker 
The whole situation is still a bit surreal. Unfortunately it was real!

Nov 22, 2020 04:41 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Carol.

I've been there, seen that.  On occasion, I do the same.  Not a pretty sight.

Nov 23, 2020 02:23 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Humor helps make a point without attacking when it is a simple observation put out there in a "hadn't looked at it that way before" twist. Thank you Carol Williams !

Nov 23, 2020 03:39 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James Dray 
You know what else? She hired me to sell her home when she moved!  LOL

Nov 23, 2020 07:01 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hey Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker 
My comment to James reminded me that she also hired me to sell her home when she moved.  How brave was that for me to take that listing? 

Nov 23, 2020 07:02 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Exactly, Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 
Making a point without attacking is what humor can do.  I could have yelled "Slow down and Stop tailgating". That would have only created more tension, wouldn't it?

Nov 23, 2020 07:04 AM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I agree that humor is a good trait to have, but caution to the wind. Sometimes what one may perceive as humor isn't funny to somebody else. I've had that happen twice and I was totally caught unaware by the "not so funny" reaction to my "of course it's funny" attempt at humor.

Nov 23, 2020 06:36 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

Great story, Carol.

It is hard to imagine the level of apprehension and tension on that road trip. I am sure that any lowering of the tension level was much appreciated by all.

Nov 26, 2020 10:42 AM

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