It was a while ago
so I can technically be let off the hook;
I was a student pastor
at Mt. Moriah Christian Church
in a little blip on the map
called Butler, Kentucky. . .
It was a warm Sunday morning and someone
had taken the trouble to pick a
magnificent bunch of flowers
and arrange them in a beautiful vase
on top of the altar. . .
In my attempt to not only bring people’s attention to it,
but also comment with a
I inadvertently told the bold group of worshipers
“This is one of the most beautiful CENTERFOLDS I’d ever seen. . .”
The Church Organist has nearly recovered from that faux pas
. . .Nearly 40 years later, I’m still getting remarks
for not saying CENTERPIECES. . .
Ohhhhhhhhh, it’s not been the only time. . .
There’s been malfunctioned zippers. . .
There’s been me introducing my brand new wife with my ex-wife’s name. . .
There’s been botched toasts. . .
There’s been misspellings in bulletins and newsletters. . .
There’s been wadder leaks and me getting more wet than the kids I baptized. . .
There’s been plenty of times I’ve been laughed A T
but not as many times as I have actually
m y s e l f. . .
Y O U ?
Well. . .
there’s some good news
if you’ve actually had a good
at your own expense. . .
There’s two distinct studies that have shown that people
who have the ability to laugh at themselves
displayed positive and desirable qualities. . .
The first of these studies
conducted by Ursula Beerman
and Willibald Ruch
show that people who know how to laugh at themselves
tend to be more cheerful
and less serious
than those who remain solemn. . .
The second study
conducted by Colette Option, Julian Barling, and Nick Turner
found that in the workplace,
leaders who are able to laugh at themselves
and not at their colleagues
were viewed as more
l i k a b l e
c a r i n g
and t r u s t w o r t h y. . .
M O R E
shows a surprising link between the ability to laugh at yourself
and l e a d e r s h i p potential
In essence. . .
The Researchers hypothesized
that when a leader
joked about themselves
in a critical way
people would view them as someone who values jokes
and shows concerns for others. . .
“We chose humor as a mechanism through which leaders express their concern for others (vs. the self) because of the potential for humor to be both a weapon to harm others and a tool to build relationships,” the Researchers wrote.
“By making fun of themselves the leaders showed disregard for the difference in status between them and their workers and this was viewed as concern for others.”
The study ultimately concluded,
The Leader who poked fun at themselves was rated as more trustworthy and a better Leader
There’s so many,
m a n y
ways to be a
C A R I N G C A T A L Y S T
but being able to not just
s m i l e
laugh A T
l a u g h w i t h others
is absolutely one of the most powerful
fun ways. . .
The World is in
d e s p e r a t e
need of a laugh. . .
give’em a reason
and throw in a few smiles
just for memory’s sake
for years down the road. . .
It’s one beautiful
C E N T E R F O L D
that’ll always be in
b l o o m
B E S I D E S
U s u a l l y
when you give the World
a reason to smile
I T W I L L