The other day I woke up feeling down. It was cold and overcast outside – no sun to brighten the spirits. Normally I’m upbeat so I decided that something would happen to make things better.

Engaging in my normal morning routine, I realized we were about to miss the garbage pickup.

Wearing only capri exercise pants and a hoodie, it seemed like a good idea to run. I grabbed the garbage bag, dropped it at the curb and picked up the newspaper on my way back inside.

The process broke down with the recycle bin. A large tall rectangular container on wheels, it was nearly full and heavy. Pushing from behind, I tipped it toward me and ran. Out past the garage door, down the driveway, abruptly into the raised sidewalk.

Hitting the barrier, I fell forward smacking into the bin. I bounced in the air, flipped the bin on its side and landed flat on my back.

A re-enactment

A dramatic re-enactment

Laying in the cold grass, I took inventory. I was conscious, many parts of my body hurt, and the sky looked lovely even in its overcast condition. Not sure I could stand up, I laid there waiting to be rescued.

Stephen arrived quickly, towering over me with a horrified look on his face. Gazing up at him, I raised my arms so he could help me stand and then I started to laugh. Stephen picked up the recycle bin, set it by the curb and helped me hobble back into the house.

I had several bruises on one leg along with various other injuries. I put my leg up right away and took ibuprofen to reduce swelling and help with the pain.

The Universe provided for me that day. I woke up in a bad mood. Shortly thereafter I provided a fantastic show for the neighbors and created a memory that made me laugh. In fact, I laughed most of the day significantly brightening my mood.

Laughter is indeed the best medicine. And ibuprofen – that’s pretty good, too.

May the farce be with you!

Practice safe recycling

Practice safe recycling


About the Author

Pam Waits has more than 20 years of experience in human resources with 10 years in the top HR spot for mid-sized companies. She currently works as a Human Resources consultant. Additionally, she holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Pam is also a writer and humorist, defying the perception that human resource professionals lack a sense of humor. She’s a leader who believes humor is an important part of a healthy business culture and a necessary part of life. 
If you’re too busy to laugh, you’re too busy.

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