Laughter: The Music Of The Soul!
Written by Di MadWriter
It was time for the routine speech that one student from each class had to deliver every morning during the assembly. I wasn’t very tall— I was one of the youngest in my class— so I always stood in the front row. When it got to my class, a girl called Love stepped forward and delivered a speech which she titled ‘Take Time.’ It was a powerful one. And now, many years later, I can only remember one line from that speech.
“Take time to laugh; it is the music of the soul.”
Of course, I came to find much later that it’s a poem by Martin Greyford. But since then, I’ve thought long and hard about that line particularly, and what it says.
Laughter is one of the most underrated gifts of nature to humanity. Imagine how life would be without laughter. It brings happiness and joy. It relieves us of stress and of our troubles. There are radio shows that I don’t dare to miss, simply because the presenters are very funny, and I need my daily dose of laughter. Sometimes, when I feel like I need a recess, I just watch comedy clips on Instagram and YouTube, and I’m back on track in no time. It is like the most fun thing to do— laughing.
I count music as one of my personal needs. In fact, if I had not spoken to a couple of people who claimed not to be attached to music, I would still believe it was the same for everyone. I simply cannot function without music. It makes me unproductive and somewhat sick if I am starved of it. And it’s not very strange, seeing that I’ve also met a lot of people who share in this addiction.
I have songs that make me want to try dance moves, and appear like a clumsy Michael Jackson. Some make me want to scream out, like if Celine Dion had a cat that was dying. With some, I just lie, shut my eyes and drift away into the dark night. Insignificant as these things may seem, it is how I stay alive. To me, just breathing isn’t living. I need to connect with everything around me, and music is essential to that.
The soul is what ties everything together. For what is a person without a soul? It is to the soul that laughter becomes music. Different shades of laughter transcribe in your soul to form the beats that make you want to dance, the words that you want to sing along to all day long, the notes that bring you calmness, the rhythm you find beauty in.
So, while most people may see that line as simply asking us to laugh more, I see it as an illustration where laughter meets music in our souls; where music becomes laughter and laughter, music. If you take laughter away from a man, his soul turns silent and bare; deprived of its favorite song. Then, every whisper and comment from the outside begins to matter.
I take my time to laugh. I love my laughter, how it sounds. If I concentrate on it, my happiness, I wouldn’t care about what others are saying about me. I’m glued to my favorite song; dancing, screaming, drifting away and back, crying even, and most importantly, happy. My soul is in the right place.
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