In the movie Forest Gump, Forest is being chased down by a group of men throwing rocks from a truck that’s trying to run him over. The funny music the producers play brings humor through a seriously traumatizing situation. The theme throughout this film shares that similar theme of traumatic events that Forest brings a positive view point on, even when he’s shot in the buttocks, at least he gets ALL the free ice cream he can eat.
I find if we can find humor in distressing situations and focus on that “humorous thing” we can detach ourselves from the pain of the situation and find joy in the moment even while suffering.
Likewise, if you need to escape, turn up your head phones and breakaway with music and find humor in the situation. Listen to something random that makes you laugh and removes you from the situation. Visualize some humor or focus on something you can find and bring gratitude to the situation. Forest brought gratitude and humor to everything. “Well… this sucks, but hey! I can have ALL the ice cream I can eat!!!”
I think the world tries to convince us that life’s some bowl of cherries… yet, I’m convinced it’s a test and recruitment for God’s kingdom. We need to find joy even in suffering and in the moment as opposed to striving for happiness in future events and things.
Matthew 18:3King James Version (KJV)
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.