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He said, “‘Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.’ But they laughed at him.”

Only the last laugh counts!

“…he said, “Go away, for the girl is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him” — Matthew 9:24

The Last Laugh is the laugh that counts.

The last laugh LASTS.

It lasts a long time. It gets funnier with each telling and with each passing year. The pain subsides, but the story survives as the lesson thrives in our lives.

The last laugh AUTHENTICATES.

it authenticates the veracity of our words, the credibility of our ideas, and the integrity of our deeds.

The last laugh SWEETENS.

When we laugh last, the laugh is sweet. It soothes us. It affirms us. It amuses us. It affirms us within

The last laugh TURNS TABLES.

When we get the last laugh, it is because justice and truth have prevailed. We do something far better than win an argument; we win the day.

The last laugh can be SHARED.

The joke does not have to be on anyone. It does not have to be cruel. All can be embraced in it and invited into the celebration.
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50 Years ago, when I graduated at the auditorium where last night’s shooting took place in Richmond, I sang a solo from a choral piece, with our choir:

“O Lord God to Whom Vengeance Belongeth.”

That has always puzzled me. It was chosen by our wonderful choir director, Richard Izquierdo, for whatever reason, I still do not know to this day.

It may have been his way of saying that he was not bound by tradition or his wink at the world, or his announcement that the class of 73 was being turned loose on the world.
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We were going forth in the hope of getting the last laugh of verified truth, the triumph of justice, the proclamation of hope, and the possibility of a new day.

In our day, we are preoccupied with winning the small victories, a point here, a quip there, a cruel joke somewhere else and someone’s expense.
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Someone asked me:

“Would you say you “give as good as you get” or do you let most things slide by without feeling a need to defend or attack?”

If I “give and I get,” then I am surrendering control of my life to someone else’s behaviors and choices. I am letting the other person run my life and emotions.

If I must defend myself at all times, then I am saying that what someone else thinks of me or says about me changes who I am or determines how I feel about myself.

Frank Sinatra said that the best revenge is success.

Build your life as if your critics do not exist. Become a beacon of truth for them. Show them that you are stronger than their attacks by having a good day in spite of anything they say or do. That is my philosophy.

Am I always successful at it?

Mostly — not always. I am a work in progress.

However, when I don’t practice it, things don’t go as well as when I do.

I would much rather be proactive in my life than reactive. The Golden Rule is as much for us as it is for “them.”