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Leslie Harradine Leslie Harradine consultant. facilitator. life enhancer.

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What’s most meaningful to me is a combination of laughter and humor. I have a tendency towards seriousness, but have noticed that when I take myself or situations or life too seriously, I move into judgment and that creates separation – me vs. them, or me vs. the world, or me vs. myself. It actually narrows my vision, my perception of what’s true, so that I focus on what’s not working, what I’m doing wrong, or what they’re doing wrong. But when I bring forward humor or laughter, it lifts me. Finding the humor in a situation and being able to laugh at myself lifts me above the situation. I gain a higher perspective.

When I find myself in a serious situation, I use a little trick I learned from watching Cesar Millan’s TV show. When Cesar trains a dog to consider him the alpha dog, he flips the dog onto its back and makes a sound like “Sheee.” The dog quickly learns to stop his crazy behavior whenever he hears Cesar’s “Sheee,” which is a reminder that Cesar is dominant. So I treat my seriousness, my judgment, my separation like a crazy dog. I tell myself “Sheee” and it reminds me that I can take charge over it. And I get a little inner giggle going.

Also, I’m on the lookout for things that spontaneously happen to help me move out of a perspective of seriousness. An example of this is what happened when I had to put my cat Buster to sleep. The vet had come to the house to do it. I sat in a recliner and held Buster to say my final farewell. I was really sad, grieving and crying, but then I needed to sit up more to hold the cat for the vet. As I sat up, I said, “This is really hard.” With great compassion, the vet said to me, “I know it is.” But what I’d meant was that getting the footrest of the recliner to fold down while I was holding the cat was being really hard. In that moment, through my tears, I started laughing. I suddenly saw that there are sometimes such different perspectives or interpretations of a situation. And I saw that even within deep grief, there’s always the potential for a smile and a giggle.

– Leslie Harradine

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