Did you ever stop to think about how wonderful it is to be able to laugh? It really is great. Just think about it - we live in this crazy , messed up world with a bunch of crazy, messed up stuff going on - but, in the midst of it we still have the ability to find humor in things.
In my mind it's kind of like an "in your face" to the circumstances that surround us. My laughter and enjoyment of life may not have the ability to change things, but it does have the ability to lift me above it. It does give me the power to look at difficulty and say, "You are there, yes, but you won't master me."
I am not among those who believe that humanity is basically bad. Heck no. I believe, with all my heart, that they are basically good. I have encountered so many amazing people in my relatively short life - SO MANY. Yes, I've encountered a few rotten apples too, but really they have been the minority.
Also, despite our current economic floundering, I still believe that we live in the greatest nation on the planet. We have our flaws, I do hate this interminable war, and I have kinda lost my faith in both of our political parties, BUT I hold my head up proudly when I remember who is the first nation to rush to the aid of those who are in need. It is not a weakness that we help, indeed it is one of our great strengths.
I've gone on and on enough about my family, that you know how I feel about them. :)
Also, I hang onto this thought, it's found in the book of Romans (in the Bible) chapter 8 and verse 31. It simply says this, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" I believe He is for us. All of us.
So, with all of that knowledge, I can look at the passing problems in my life and know that they aren't the final answer. It's not yet the end of the story.
And I'll be darned if I'm gonna wait until it all is perfect before I laugh.