The loveable white terrier mix in the Traveler’s Insurance commercials. Marley of “Marley and Me” fame. American comedian Will Farrell. Canine and human alike, I would be lying if I said I never fantasized about living a day in any of their shoes.
Today I realized the thing they all have in common. They all bring smiles and laughter to people with a variety of interests and passions. As this is my personal goal in my life, they are all amongst the motivational people in my life, no matter how silly they might be.
Indeed, there are a few things I love most about comedy…it’s honest, open, ridiculous and sometimes it hits you in the face unexpectedly when you need it most. In a world where people ask who am I more than say (with confidence) who they are, I feel like comedy is a necessary break from the daily grind.
I’ve said before I dream big and I dream silly, so in the spirit of comedy I will bring to question the possibility of something I often wonder about. I think sometimes about what would happen if my forever mom and dad switched places for a day. How would their days differ from “the norm” starting with the moment they wake until the moment their heads hit the pillows?
Routines in the morning would be out of whack, for sure. Beyond that, I know they would both be at a loss doing each others “jobs” all day at that place they call “work.” But (as usual) my curiosity runs deeper than that. I wonder what they would think about each other if the roles were reversed. Moreover, I wonder if the shift in perspective would change anything about how they communicate.
It’s funny being in my paws. I would argue I probably understand both of them better than they understand themselves. I see joy, from the ground up in any situation, so I would by fibbing if I said I don’t find some comedy in the idea of my forever parents switching places for a day. I also love them both more than anyone could possibly know, which is a perspective all its own.
But I do still wonder what (if any) kind of paradigm shift would occur as the result of a day in the other person’s shoes. I do say this as a believer in the idea that (as impossible as it might be) I think they both would benefit from a day like this. And I say this as a lover of possibilities and a believer in dreaming big. I say this with love.
As impossible as it may seem, I say we could all benefit from some of this kind of perspective in life. Husbands and wives. Bosses and employees. Dogs and owners. Something really can be gained from picturing yourself in the “other person’s” shoes.
The loveable white terrier mix in the Traveler’s Insurance commercials. Marley of Marley and Me fame. American comedian Will Farrell. For me, I gain a sense of humor from these influences in my life. Silly as they (and my theories about switching places) might sound, it doesn’t matter to me as long as I find a way to make people smile regardless of the roles they play in life.