A humorous story has it that many years ago a soldier was sentenced

to be flogged. As if something hilarious were about to happen, he

chuckled as they led him away and laughed uproariously throughout

the whipping.

When the painful punishment finally ended, the officer in charge

demanded, “What’s so funny about a flogging? I don’t think it’s a


“Why, the joke’s on you,” smiled the soldier. “I’m the wrong man!”

I know I wouldn’t laugh about a flogging, but I’d like to take

myself a little less seriously. Like the Amish man who was driving

his horse-drawn carriage down a modern American street. The Amish,

of course, live and dress simply and shun most modern technology. So

he must have known he cut an odd figure on the busy thoroughfare.

But he had a sense of humor. Affixed to the back of his carriage was

a hand lettered sign that read, “Energy efficient vehicle. Runs on

oats and grass. Caution: Do not step on exhaust.”

This man may have taken his beliefs seriously. And he may have taken

his work seriously. But he didn’t take himself too seriously. I

believe that’s key.

I think that comedian Jimmy Durante got it right. Durante was known

for his prominent nose and often referred to it in his comedy

sketches. In a moment of seriousness, he once said, “It dawned on me

that as long as I could laugh, I was safe from the world; and I have

learned since that laughter keeps me safe from myself, too. All of

us have schnozzles that are ridiculous in one way or another; if not

in our faces, then in our characters, minds or habits. When we admit

our schnozzles, instead of defending them, we begin to laugh and the

world laughs with us.”

I don’t always have the courage to admit my schnozzles; to laugh at

my short-comings. I am something of an expert at hiding them. But I

do know one thing: if I want to laugh at my foibles, there is plenty

of good material at hand. And I also know that when I get better at

it, I’ll find myself living a happier and healthier life.

— Steve Goodier

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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