Monday, March 12, 2012

Motivational Monday


NOT LIVING IN FEAR IS A GREAT GIFT BECAUSE 
CERTAINLY THESE DAYS WE DO TOO MUCH OF IT. 
AND DO YOU KNOW WHAT I LIKE ABOUT COMEDY? 
YOU CAN'T LAUGH AND BE AFRAID 
AT THE SAME TIME - OF ANYTHING. 
IF YOU'RE LAUGHING, I DEFY YOU TO BE AFRAID.
(Stephen Colbert)

If you've read (pretty much) anything I've ever written, including the occasional blog post, you would know that I tend to dwell in the dark crevices of the human heart, in the shifty shadows of the mind. It's where my imagination lives, squatting in an old storage facility that I swear is packed with units full of creatures, heinous acts and furry, ferocious thoughts.

But every once in awhile, I manage to open a window in that dank place. I breathe fresh air, I feel the sun on my skin. And...I laugh. I flip through my "Calvin and Hobbes" books. I watch a funny/lighter movie, like "Music and Lyrics." I watch old episodes of "Seinfeld" and "The Big Bang Theory." I watch new comedies like "The Middle" and "Modern Family" and "Raising Hope."

And then I'm okay to crawl back inside my warehouse of doom. Why? Because, I know that when it gets too much, all I have to do is look down the throat of the darkness that's ready to swallow me whole, and, to quote Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory" shout...

BA-ZINGA! 

I'm smiling already.

8 comments:

Emily R. King said...

Oh, how I adore Stephen Colbert. He's hilarious.
I'd say I'm a happy person, but my dark sense of humor can throw people off. Sometimes I say something stupid-funny just to remind them I'm not a psychopath.

Ellie Garratt said...

This post made me smile because I'm a lot like you - writing about the darkest parts of our souls. But we all have to laugh. For me it's programmes like The Big Bang Theory, Frasier, Death Valley.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Emily, did you see the bit about Colbert and Maurice Sendak and children's books? Hilarious! :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Ellie, I knew there'd be some kindred spirits out there. :)

And those old episodes of "Frasier" are an absolute hoot.

Donna Volkenannt said...

Hi Madeline,
I'm pretty much the same. Much of my writing is dark. That's why it's so refreshing when a bit of humor creeps in to my writing and I can make people laugh.
Donna

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Donna, your sense of humor definitely comes across in your writing - you Erma Bombeck Writing Contest winner you! :)

Anonymous said...

We writers are kind of like split-personalities, don't you think?

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Absolutely, Milo. Absolutely.