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by Lisa Hjelmstad, LCSW, LMFT, LAC on 07/22/12

Humor is a gift I share in my relationships today.   Laughter is the way it travels.  A thought and a smile is where it all starts.   Today I am truly blessed to be able to share this gift with others in my life.  I am particularly thankful to share it with my husband, children, family, and friends. 

At different points in my life, humor has not come quite as easily as it does today.   A shadowing darkness of fear jaded my ability to laugh freely and share my smiles.  In my journey through life and learning, I have had any number of teachers show me how the idea of humor begins and spreads in colors blending my life together in a patchwork of designs.  

I understand humor today as a great tool for building flexibility, reassurance, and acceptance.   Instead of building great serious and rigid walls of beliefs by which to define my life, I hope to continue to hang wide open doors for living shaded in sheer curtains of humor, passion, and delight.   What a freedom to move forward with construction with a detached sense of vulnerability and naivety.  

Private practice is giving me an opportunity to take humor in myself in a way that I haven't experienced before.  I have to let go of the weight, the fear and the barriers to move with fluidity, flexibility and humor across, under, and around challenges new and old.  I will let light in through the practice of humor and this is the framework by which I will put forth my first attempts at blogging !   

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