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Why so serious?

Posted by Deanna Singh | Mar 17, 2020 11:18:57 AM

No one could tell a joke like Big Mama. She was always great at keeping things in perspective especially when people were stressed.  This week's vlog is about how humor can help you get past serious situations.

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i was taught to not take myself so seriously

Big Mama could walk into any room and make people smile.  It was awesome! Even in the most heavy moments of life, my grandmother knew how to bring out joy.

she would tell me all the time 

"Deanna, stop taking yourself so seriously!" 

Or if someone was mad at me: 

"Calm down!  He'll get glad in the same pants he got mad in."

Or things like: 

"Tomorrow is coming.  It's coming!  Just calm down!" 

She told these awesome jokes and make you laugh.  The kind of jokes that would make you laugh for days and years to come. 

but one of my favorite things she did... 

Big Mama would love tell inappropriate jokes. She would especially love to tell them to pastors.  Even though she was a super-religious woman, she couldn't help to tell inappropriate jokes to pastors --> a joke, that would make anyone blush. 

It was so fascinating to see how pastors would turn red trying to figure out whether they should laugh of be serious. It was an awkward and funny moment.  Eventually, the laughter won.  They always gave into the laughter. 

It was awesome to share these moments because it made people more personable and more human. Everybody around them felt more connected because we giggled together.

Are you taking yourself seriously?  If so, stop!  There's too much stuff in this world to get stuck in all the seriousness. 

Topics: Skills, Life, Initiative, leadership, personal development

Written by Deanna Singh

Deanna Singh is a business consultant, speaker, and podcaster who is internationally recognized for her work in leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Deanna helps her clients create more equitable and inclusive work environments and engage more authentically within their internal and external communities. A gifted communicator, she is a champion for marginalized communities through her work. Her podcast, Uplifting Impact with a focus on looking at the intersection of Leadership and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, focuses on solutions and is directed at people who want to break the status quo. Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University.

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