Number 6 of Brad’s 10 Commandments for Happiness is about being able to be relaxed – not letting things weigh heavily on your spirit. Recently I saw a paraphrase of Micah 6:8b on a T-shirt which read: “Be kind, don’t take yourself seriously, but take God seriously”.
Rigidity is a source of misery, there is no doubt about it.
To ridicule the religious and monks in his book The Praise of Folly (1509) Desiderius Erasmus (1466-1536) wrote: “It is amusing to see how they do everything by rule, almost mathematically. Any slip is sacrilege; each shoe string must have so many knots and must be of certain color…making an extraordinary stir if a habit is belted incorrectly or if its color is a shade too dark…”
First, this is not in reference to the religious and monks only. Secondly, it may sound like the life of a perfectionist, but, examine your attitude and how you work or think of others’ habits. If you can’t laugh at yourself you are probably not going to be happy either.
There is truth in the maxim: “Laughter is the best medicine”.