Monthly Archives: April 2009

Can funny books offer a message?

“What’s the message you’re trying to get across with your books?” my marketing guru friend Kadena asked.

 

Message? Did I have one? If so, it must have been a subconscious desire. I thought I was hoping simply to entertain readers with my stories. I’ve said that “I help find the fun in life’s frustrations.” But perhaps there was something more going on. Maybe it was time to reexamine my intent.

 

If I’m being honest, I have to admit that I write most of my humor essays as a form of personal therapy. As one who has a magnetic attraction to calamities, I write to cope with chaos. Life for me and my brood often turns crazy, complicated and confusing. And when it does, I stop and ponder this question: What’s funny about this?

 

If I think about most any situation long enough, my anxiety, anger, or compulsion to consume an entire box of sugar cookies in one sitting passes. Before I know it, I’m laughing at the very events that earlier might have left me contemplating revenge or, at a minimum, a retaliatory shopping spree. Just ask my husband about the ring I purchased while he was on a solo trip to New York. Yeah, I don’t get mad. I get jewelry.

 

Anyway, in tracing a positive (as opposed to a precious gemstone) path through undesirable situations, I’m leaving a trail for others to follow.

 

Jack Canfield summed it best in his book, The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, when he cited the formula “E+R = O.” This equation signifies that life events, plus our reactions to those events, equal the resulting outcomes.

 

At some time, we all suffer undesired or unintended situations. That’s just part of the human experience. We can’t always control life, but we can take charge of how we respond to the events that occur. If we hold on to these negative experiences, fret about them, rehash the perceived injustice or unfairness we’ve endured, then we’ll have an entirely different outcome than we might if we dealt differently with our emotions.

 

There is no better way to overcome life’s annoyances than to laugh at them. When we become amused with ourselves and our foibles, then we are free to move forward in a new direction. With fewer accessories, perhaps, but still….

 

If there is an overall lesson in my stories and books, then learning to find the levity that’s sometimes hidden in life’s challenges is it. I strive to follow this practice (though often with scant success). “We teach best that which we most need to learn.”

 

I have to keep sharing my silly tales so I can move closer to my desired level of harmony. No doubt, many readers will arrive well ahead of me. I’m a terribly slow learner. But as long as I’m laughing, I’ll be okay.

 

 

Diana Estill (aka Deedee Divine) is the author of Deedee Divine’s Totally Skewed Guide to Life.

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Why GM Can’t Sell Cars

Recently a man in Ohio was arrested and pleaded not guilty to charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated. This wouldn’t have been newsworthy if the guy hadn’t been driving a motorized BAR STOOL! (To see a photo of the “vehicle” visit this link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/31/kile-wygle-gets-dui-on-mo_n_181264.html.)

 

I can’t decide which is funnier: the fact that this driver pleaded innocent, or the idea that anyone would motorize an object that’s difficult enough to balance upon when one is both sober and stationary.

 

When folks start strapping lawnmower engines to furniture, it’s time for a significant decline in automobile and gasoline prices.

 

I figure this guy was given several citations. (How could he have obtained a registration license and insurance for a gas-powered bar stool?) Wouldn’t you have loved to have read the police officer’s report? Especially the part that listed the make and model of the vehicle: Toro Bistro, 24-inch, convertible, modified.

This is one time when the alleged DUI offender can honestly say he never even left his stool! 

 

 

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Diana Estill is the author of Deedee Divine’s Totally Skewed Guide to Life.

www.TotallySkewed.com

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