The theme for this month is the importance of humor and celebration. I hope to make the case that with them at work and home, life is more livable and you will be more fun to be around. This first Coaching Connection for September hopefully will set the tone and challenge you to consider exercising your funny bone at work, at home and in all you do. Having a sense of humor and a willingness to celebrate life are powerful tools when used well and wisely. Here are several of my favorite quotes that have gotten my attention over the years. Consider them as you weigh in on the topic of humor and celebration with me.
“Humor has a way of bringing people together. It unites people. In fact, I’m rather serious when I suggest that someone should plant a few whoopee cushions in the United Nations.” ~ Ron Dentinger
“The kind of humor I like is the thing that makes me laugh for five seconds and think for ten minutes.” ~ William Davis
“There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.” ~ Victor Borge, London Times, 3 January 1984
“Above all else: go out with a sense of humor. It is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” ~ Hugh Sidey
“Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.” ~ Mary Hirsch
“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.” ~ William James
“In a World where people are surrounded by darkness, ignorance and fear, it is a sign of hope to be celebrating a message of peace and light, and the last great Messenger, born and chosen to deliver them to all mankind.” ~ Cat Stevens
“Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, “Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.” ~ Anthony Robbins
“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” ~ Thomas J. Peters
“People often resist change for reasons that make good sense to them, if those reasons don’t correspond to organizational goals. So it is crucial to recognize, reward, and celebrate accomplishments.” ~ Rosabeth Moss Kanter
There you are some food for thought. I hope you chew the thoughts well and consider not as fluff and fuzzy thoughts. If you do well then perhaps you need to be “goosed” a bit. Humor is a powerful engine that energizes the troops, softens the blow, lightens the moment and gives momentum to the task that needs to be done.