The first time I saw the Sign of the Times I was late for work. Back then, I was working as a nurse at Humpty Hospital and on that particular day, I stopped at the Coffee Chop on my way to work. My friend Vicki Pedia and I were kookling for a knock off pair of Mzzz Pink’s spiral shoes. You see, the day before, we saw her get off her neon pink chopper wearing these really cool shoes and just about gasped! When I worked at Humpty, I had to wear these really ugly and expensive shoes. It was unbearable to wear them day after day! Vicki and I lost track of the time, and when I realized I was late, I rushed out of the Coffee Chop, onto the boardwalk and bumped into the sign, spilling my coffee! As I picked up my things, I read the sign. It read Happiness... over there, and Someday... this way.
Someday... this way? What does that mean? The first time I saw the sign I laughed, thinking it was some kind of joke, especially after I heard through the grapevine it was Mzzz. Pink’s friend Vortex who put it up. I watched so many people just walk by it, not stopping to think about what it really means, and wondered how long it would last there before someone tore it down. I figured it would probably be gone by the next day.
But to my surprise, the next day it was still there! And the next, and the next! So then I began to wonder, what’s going on here? Why is the sign still here? Happiness…. Over there? Where? Happiness wasn’t at Humpty Hospital, that’s for sure, I thought.
The day I bumped into the sign was a tough one, more than the typical cuts and bruises at the hospital. That day I saw so many wounded folk. Having thought about the sign, I began studying the crowd of sick people in the waiting room, and I saw something I never really saw before. It was like all of them were on a highway to someday. And working at Humpty Hospital, I saw lots of people die on their way to someday. At that moment, I noticed more than their physical and emotional wounds. I saw that all these people were so muted and 2D it was like they were barely breathing, as if they had no spirit or life in them at all! That's when I had a really scary thought.
What about me? How was I any different? Had I become muted too? Would I ever make it to someday?
That moment was the beginning of the end of my life at Humpty Hospital, the day I realized that I had been being so busy on the ladder, I hadn’t seen the sign was about me! That night, back at the Coffee Chop, I shared my story with Vicki. "I'm tired of the cynicism all around Splash City. I'm tired of hearing Noah Tall and Ben T. Donethat scoff at possibility. They think being cynical makes them smart. All it does is make them bullies. Mzzz Pink wears her heart on her sleeve and she sure isn't bullied. She's vibrant, and so are most of her friends. I want to be more like her."
I wasn't sure Vicki really understood so I just ordered a root beer float while she kookled ‘someday'. Then I took a sip of my float. Yuck! It was horrible! The root beer was flat! And that’s when it occurred to me. Being muted and 2D is just like flat soda; it’s missing its bubbly! All that cynicism had been making me lose my bubbly too! Mzzz Pink’s happiness bubbles out and all around her so much it’s contagious. For her, happiness is not over there. It’s with her all the time. She’s living her someday!
And so now, I start every day with that thought, and not only do I feel bubbly, I'm proud of it! In my laughter yoga business Mimosa Yoga, I want to help people become bubbly. I want to help them breathe, laugh, and find their happiness now, instead of over there. At Mimosa Yoga, we will drink champagne and laugh! It's so fun! But laughter is serious business you know. Seriously, laughter is the first step to becoming vibrant and 3D!