One of my goals with this blog is that when writing a humorous post I want to always take the kind road, mostly laughing at myself (I can take it), while elevating and inspiring others. I also tend to follow blogs who appear to take the kind road and avoid acidic, cutting, mean-spirited humor.
That is not to say that I judge my way is better than theirs. It’s just that I don’t understand their way. I believe that when I cut down others, wise people see through the words–no matter how “clever”–and know that I am suffering inside. Such actions tend to bring more suffering to me. So that’s why I don’t understand why intelligent people–including myself when I catch myself doing it–act in a way that creates harm, pain, and divisiveness.
So, when I saw the write-up below at Mikey’s Funnies I wanted to share it with you. I figure if you are a reader or follower of this blog there is a good chance that you’ll understand and appreciate where Benjamin Franklin was coming from.
“In honor of the Fourth of July…
“Dr. Benjamin Franklin was not really a doctor; his title Doctor was one of those first honorariums given a man of great achievement and reflects the impact he had on his age.
“Here are seven ways Benjamin Franklin would suggest you consider to be seen as one with a brain and a social wit:
“~ Elevate, not desecrate. Never use cutting humour, dissect theirs.
~ Keep your humour light, fun, open to participation.
~ Reflect your humour to show you row your own boat.
~ You row merrily, and you attract others to you.
~ As you deflect bitterness, fear, answers appear.
~ Your summary encapsulates the situation and hints that the best way out may be to back up to where we went wrong, once we all clearly agree what that was.
~ Elevate, even exaggerate, achievement. Mock an obvious folly but with a twist. If attacked, return their volley as a mirror.”
You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.
PASS IT ON!
Yeah, you can send this Funny to anybody you want. And, if you’re REAL nice, you’ll tell them where you got it! http://www.mikeysFunnies.com