At the Target store the other day, I saw an end-cap, close-out display of wall decor. There was an entire shelf filled with “Live Laugh Love” plaques. I smiled at the rack of merchandise because the main purpose for my visit to the store was to pick up food and litter for my sister’s cat, Random Kitty.
He’s a feline example of the clichéd phrase. Just to watch him play, is to witness a creature who simply lives. His silliness often causes me to laugh out loud. When he rests on top of my feet, I feel the love.
“Live Laugh Love” has been printed on items from coffee mugs to sofa pillows, kitchen accessories, plus bathroom and bedroom decor. I’ve even seen it on a bumper-sticker. Normally I gripe about words and slogans that are overused, but I don’t mind seeing the three L’s frequently.
Whenever I ponder the three L’s, I see a lot of hidden wisdom. One might say that it is philosophy in a nutshell. The slogan reminds us to live because life is brief and we take it for granted. We enjoy laughter because it makes us feel good and vibrant. It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine. Love is self-explanatory. There’s no such thing as having too much love. The world is a better place when we love ourselves and others.
There’s something of the ancient Roman stoic philosophers in the three L’s. There is Seneca’s reminder that life is short; Epictetus’ wry sense of humor; and Marcus Aurelius’ devotion and love of his purpose.
Whether or not you’re philosophical, you can understand that Live Laugh Love is a powerful message. Taking it to heart can give you a boost if you’re feeling down. We can appreciate the very fact that we are alive. Being grateful for living is a good thing for it’s own sake. Simple, hearty laughter is pleasant when experienced alone or shared with another person. Laughter reinforces the gratitude we feel about being alive. Love, being a driving force, is the emotion that reveals the power of living and laughing.
The Blue Jay of Happiness is inspired by the pithy wisdom from Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”