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Robert in Ohio

Do We Take Ourselves Too Seriously?

  
By:  Robert in Ohio  •  life choices  •  one month ago  •  40 comments

Do We Take Ourselves Too Seriously?
“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.” –Laura Ingalls Wilder

I came across some very interesting quotes and sayings that we should all think about before we get all in a huff about a situation or about some comment some random individual makes.

Perhaps we should consider source

To me, political office should be like jury duty. You should just get a notice in mail one day and be like, "I'm Secretary of State next month!" --  Wanda Sykes

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”   --  – Confucius

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by  standing in one’s own sunshine .” -- – Ralph Waldo

Emerson

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.” - Dr.   Seuss  

“Humor is the great thing,  the saving thing  after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” -- – Mark Twain

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Robert in Ohio
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1  author  Robert in Ohio    one month ago

Sometimes we all need to lighten up and not take ourselves or our situation so seriously.

Please comment on the quotes I cited and provide your own quotes or themes that let you take life a little less seriously.

We live in trying times, we needn't make them more so if it can be avoided

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Junior Guide
2  Right Down the Center    one month ago

Not sure who said it but it fits for people that take themselves seriously or try so hard to be taken seriously:

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Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3  Vic Eldred    one month ago

I know I don't!

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Right Down the Center
Junior Guide
3.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    one month ago

Neither do I.  I also don't take others too seriously, especially those that strive to be taken seriously.  Man does that piss them off. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Right Down the Center @3.1    one month ago

I could expand on that, but I'm not going to.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Professor Principal
4  Nerm_L    one month ago

If not for the expectations of others.  Only YOU can prevent forest fires.

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As with most things, seriousness has been imposed upon us by the expectations of others.  We're expected to be serious about a host of issues.  If we do not take ourselves seriously then we risk public scorn.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
4.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Nerm_L @4    one month ago

Don't ask me why, but that poster is making me feel self-conscious.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
4.1.1  mocowgirl  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.1    one month ago
Don't ask me why, but that poster is making me feel self-conscious.

I won't ask, but I am thinking "closet pyromaniac" or accidentally set the family outhouse on fire?

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Professor Principal
4.1.2  Nerm_L  replied to  mocowgirl @4.1.1    one month ago
I won't ask, but I am thinking "closet pyromaniac" or accidentally set the family outhouse on fire?

Probably didn't make a donation to the .

If we don't take ourselves seriously then how can we be made to feel guilty?

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
4.1.3  mocowgirl  replied to  Nerm_L @4.1.2    one month ago
If we don't take ourselves seriously then how can we be made to feel guilty?

The people, who should feel guilty, don't have the ability to do so because they're probably sadists who derive pleasure from other people's pain.

The rest of us make mistakes, make apologies, make amends (if appropriate), learn from our mistakes and do our best not to repeat them.

Continually beating ourselves up for not setting ourselves on fire to make other people warm is an unproductive and unhealthy waste of our lives.  No one really notices or appreciates door mats.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Professor Principal
4.1.4  Nerm_L  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.1    one month ago
Don't ask me why, but that poster is making me feel self-conscious.

Might be the dreaded pointing finger.  I got a lot of those as a child.  Guilt is kind of a drooling dog response.  Something Gen Z doesn't understand.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
4.1.5  mocowgirl  replied to  Nerm_L @4.1.4    one month ago
Guilt is kind of a drooling dog response.  Something Gen Z doesn't understand.

Assassins tend to have issues understanding guilt.  Hopefully, Gen Z's career counselors are not sadists.  

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Expert
4.1.6  Krishna  replied to  Vic Eldred @4.1    one month ago

Don't ask me why, but that poster is making me feel self-conscious.

Here's another version of ONLY YOU that IMO is much nicer: (Not Smokey but rather . . .  The Platters, 1955!)

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
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4.2  author  Robert in Ohio  replied to  Nerm_L @4    one month ago

Interesting point, but it is expected by whom?

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Professor Principal
4.2.1  Nerm_L  replied to  Robert in Ohio @4.2    one month ago
Interesting point, but it is expected by whom?

Aren't you expecting a serious answer?  So, it appears you've answered your own question.

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
Professor Guide
4.2.2  author  Robert in Ohio  replied to  Nerm_L @4.2.1    one month ago

I am not and was not expecting a serious answer, that would be taking myself way too seriously which I try to avoid doingjrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
5  mocowgirl    one month ago

I expect people to be responsible for their decisions and actions.

Humor is needed in some situations when the best laid plans go awry.  

My sense of humor tends to be sarcastic so I tend to only share it with the people who understand it instead of looking for an excuse to be offended.

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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5.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  mocowgirl @5    one month ago
My sense of humor tends to be sarcastic so I tend to only share it with the people who understand it instead of looking for an excuse to be offended.

Girl have you come to the wrong place.  Yes, I am being sarcastic.  My wife tells me my humor is an acquired taste and she has not yet acquired it after 40 years of marriage

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
5.1.1  mocowgirl  replied to  Right Down the Center @5.1    one month ago
My wife tells me my humor is an acquired taste and she has not yet acquired it after 40 years of marriage

I am snickering at all of the possible replies I would like to make, but won't.

 
 
 
Snuffy
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5.2  Snuffy  replied to  mocowgirl @5    one month ago
My sense of humor tends to be sarcastic

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Sparty On
Professor Principal
5.3  Sparty On  replied to  mocowgirl @5    one month ago

lol …. Reminds me of my favorite coffee cup.

Caution to all gentle readers of NTers, don’t look at this if you are easily offended

Available for purchase at Black Rifle Coffee:

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Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
5.3.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Sparty On @5.3    one month ago

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
5.3.2  Sparty On  replied to  Drinker of the Wry @5.3.1    one month ago

lol …. Another good one

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
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5.4  author  Robert in Ohio  replied to  mocowgirl @5    one month ago

Sarcasm can be a useful approach to people who take themselves too seriously, for they often miss the sarcasm totally. 

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Junior Guide
5.4.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  Robert in Ohio @5.4    one month ago
they often miss the sarcasm totally. 

That is hilarious.

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
5.4.2  mocowgirl  replied to  Robert in Ohio @5.4    one month ago
Sarcasm can be a useful approach to people who take themselves too seriously, for they often miss the sarcasm totally. 

I usually tailor my sarcasm to the level of the understanding of the target and the audience.  

I dearly hate to be misunderstood.   LOL!

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Expert
5.5  Krishna  replied to  mocowgirl @5    one month ago
My sense of humor tends to be sarcastic so I tend to only share it with the people who understand it instead of looking for an excuse to be offended.

Occasionally online conversations get boring. So personally, I always enjoy a little clever sarcasm when its injected into a blah conversation!

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
5.5.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  Krishna @5.5    one month ago
Occasionally online conversations get boring.

On NT, no way.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
5.6  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  mocowgirl @5    one month ago

My humour is bigger than your humor, as "U" can see.

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
Junior Expert
6  Drinker of the Wry    one month ago

Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.

Elbert Hubbard

 
 
 
Sparty On
Professor Principal
7  Sparty On    one month ago

Hey, stay within yourself ……

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
Professor Guide
8  author  Robert in Ohio    one month ago

I am glad people are having a little fun with this, that was my intention.

 
 
 
Robert in Ohio
Professor Guide
9  author  Robert in Ohio    one month ago

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Thomas
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10  Thomas    one month ago
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”   --  – Confucius

Ain't it though

 
 
 
charger 383
Professor Silent
11  charger 383    one month ago

There is very little that don't need to be made fun of

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
11.1  mocowgirl  replied to  charger 383 @11    one month ago
There is very little that don't need to be made fun of

One of my favorite songs was written by a man making fun of himself.  

The Meaning Behind The Song: It's Hard to Be Humble by Mac Davis - Old Time Music

Mac Davis drew inspiration from his own experiences within the music industry. After achieving considerable success as both a songwriter and performer, he found himself grappling with the challenges of maintaining humility amidst the glitz and glamour of fame. “It’s Hard to Be Humble” served as a medium for him to explore these struggles and communicate them to a wider audience.

The timelessness of this song can be attributed to its ability to transcend generations. Its message remains as relevant today as it was in 1980, reminding listeners of the enduring struggle to stay humble in a world driven by self-promotion. The relatable nature of the song ensures its continued popularity and relevance.

A recent video by a couple critiquing the lyrics of "It's Hard to Be Humble" by Mac Davis.  Enjoy!

 
 
 
Krishna
Professor Expert
11.1.1  Krishna  replied to  mocowgirl @11.1    one month ago
A recent video by a couple critiquing the lyrics of "It's Hard to Be Humble" by Mac Davis.  Enjoy!

Great tune!

People who are always boastful can become annoying.

Here's a somewhat humble video I posted a while back-- re-posting it here now (for no good reason jrSmiley_4_smiley_image.png ):

 
 
 
mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
11.1.2  mocowgirl  replied to  Krishna @11.1.1    one month ago
Here's a somewhat humble video I posted a while back-- re-posting it here now (for no good reason ):

Loved this.

A sense of humor and humility are two very important personal skills that make life worth living and sharing with others.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
12  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

I have used this Walt Kelly cartoon many times as a reply to members who get too damn serious here. 

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mocowgirl
Professor Quiet
13  mocowgirl    one month ago

Last year, I discovered Bob Mortimer.  I am not sure this man is capable of taking himself seriously.  And it is very difficult for anyone else to.  I have literally laughed until it hurt at some of his life stories.

Below are clips of Bob Mortimer on a British panel show called "Would I Lie to You?"  Note:  Not all of the stories are true.