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Learning to Laugh Again

Lee W. Outlaw III, PhD

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It was December 31, 2020 that I wrote my last article for Drtruthman Counseling and a lot has happened since.

Since the Covid-19 lock down I have noticed much less joy in the hearts and lives of people; for obvious reasons. Nobody likes to be imprisoned; even within their own home at the least, not to mention their mind! Many of us weren’t sure if we would live or die; especially those of us over 65. I didn’t go out for nearly 6 months.

We lost several either directly or indirectly we had loved over the years, including: Larry King and Rush Limbaugh.

Like everyone else, I too was relegated to my home; which was unfortunate considering my studio, (being remodeled) was only partially completed making it difficult to get anything via Drtruthman Counseling completed.

So here we are, mostly “Post Pandemic” and yet much of the world still very much mourning and scared to death.

Very few people are laughing; certainly I have had no laughing disorder cases such as  hebrephrenia or pseudobulbar.

It’s been a difficult time so nobody is laughing and it recently occurred to me that we must come out of all this despair.

Like many of you, I was also affected by covid-19. My wife had to be tested and re-tested 4 separate times in order to have serious cancer surgery, My 2 year old grandson had to be tested twice for necessary surgery. My youngest sister and youngest brother-in-law passed away (both in their fifties). I had 2 cousins diagnosed with Covid-19 and one remains hospitalized.

I also experienced a tremendous loss of income, my daughter and one of my sons also lost their jobs.

In essence, it’s been tuff on every one.

As the old saying goes, “In every cloud, there is a silver lining” and so there is; my wife is now cancer free and Joy Marie Outlaw, a healthy baby girl! 6lbs 14oz brown hair, blue eyes was born June 17, 2021 in Houston, TX to my son Tim and his wonderful wife Sara.

I’m not laughing yet but I am happy over these recent developments and feeling much better and more positive about things in general.

Since I am a Christian and Christian Counselor and this is an article for “Drtruthman Christian Counseling and Opinion”, let me offer a few words from God’s word:

Isaiah 40:31 reminds us “but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

This passage is one of my favorites and I hope it can bring comfort to many of you.

Wait for the Lord, give Him time and you will ultimately laugh once again. God’s blessings on us all.

© 2021 Lee W. Outlaw III, PhD

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