The Big Yin

When considering the path of self-development- the routes we take which will help us to grow, and allow us to arrive at a place where mind, body, and soul are in harmony- something we encounter regularly along the way is this idea of happiness.

I’ve come to find that not only is it unrealistic to think that we can be happy all the time, but it’s just not possible to function that way. Ever see the movie ‘Inside Out’? I rest my case. Thank you for yet another life lesson, Disney Pixar.

Just as the light of day precedes the darkness of night, with happiness, comes suffering. We are constantly changing and evolving, and in doing so, we simply can’t have one without the other. Our perception of such emotions, how we choose to react to them, and which ones we choose to nurture, is entirely up to us.

Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Are there ways to instantly feel happier, as we sense the darkness descend? For sure.

We all know what the best medicine is; there is something innately pleasurable about laughter. When I say laughter though, I don’t mean a chuckle. I’m talking about that uncontrollable stuff that comes from the belly. The type of laughter that hurts. A laugh so overpowering, that a little pee may even come out. The type of laughter that will get you in trouble, if you’re in a place where it might seem inappropriate to laugh out loud. Like in class, or mass. Poetry.

And then there are people who make us laugh, just by laughing themselves. My father has one of those laughs that can make others laugh. I first remember hearing it while watching a certain scruffy Scot on TV, around Christmas time some years ago. I was too young to get the humor at the time of course, and little did I know that I was watching one of the greatest comedians to ever grace the stage, but I vividly remember Shem’s hysterical laughter. 

It’s funny the things that stick.

I’ve since grown old enough to be able to understand the humor and appreciate the artistry in this Glaswegian’s wonderful, multi-directional stories. Nowadays, if I ever feel a bit down, or overcome by the mud, the first thing my brother Tiny would prescribe is ‘a bit of Billy’.

As I’ve found myself treading through the murky, muddy waters over the past week or so, I thought it appropriate to put together a list of 5 of my favorite Billy Connolly jokes for your viewing pleasure. Find a quiet room, and enjoy!

And remember- no mud, no lotus. 

1. Prostate Exam

Can’t say I’m relishing the prospect of having to build these into my routine, but they’re a few years away yet, thank f*ck. An hilarious account of the dreaded procedure.

2. The Hitman

Two boys out playing golf, one happens to be a hitman. 1000 bucks a bullet- bargain!

3. Swearing

Something we Irish tend to do very well, but are often misunderstood in our reasons for doing so. Billy nails it. 

4. A Trip To The Farm

A young boy tells his old man about his recent class trip to the farm. Hilarity ensues.

5. Frightened Women

Apparently when women are frightened- like really frightened- they don’t scream. Instead, they make a noise…

Have a favorite Billy joke that didn’t make the list?.. Let’s hear it!