“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing a tempting moment.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
I sometimes think I’m kind of funny. In fact, I’ve long thought my wit was one of my more attractive qualities. I can make a quick, snappy comeback to most situations and usually elicit some laughter. I hate fighting and contention, but I love clever banter. In fact, I often use humor as a way to diffuse a potentially volatile environment. This will make sense to any Austen fans out there, but one of the reasons I love Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice is her gift for smart and funny conversation, like the time when she and Jane are both lamenting her single status right after Jane and Mr. Bingley became engaged:
Jane Bennet: Oh, Lizzie, if I could but see you happy. If there were such another man for you.
Elizabeth Bennet: Perhaps Mr. Collins has a cousin.
I love that kind of laughing away an awkward situation. There’s obviously a place for humor:
“Find happiness in ordinary things, and keep your sense of humor.” ~ President Boyd K. Packer
“There is certainly no defence against adverse fortune which is, on the whole, so effectual as an habitual sense of humor.”~ Thomas Wentworth Storrow Higginson, quoted by President James E. Faust
However, in the last couple weeks my “humor” has made a couple of bad situations worse. My attempts to make a witty comment left some people offended, and upon reflection, in both cases I realize they thought I was making light of their struggle. So, I’ve been eating a little humble pie Continue reading