Waking Up Laughing

I woke up laughing this morning. A guy in my dream made a joke, and I laughed and laughed until I was awake. I couldn’t believe it. It was 5:45 in the morning, and I just couldn’t stop laughing.

It’s never happened to me before, and I’ll probably talk about it all day. Does this happen to people often? It was awesome — this wave of glee when you find that you’ve just laughed yourself awake? Multiply it by the sun coming through the window and the arms of your partner wrapped around you. Add to it the soft mews of the cat at the bedroom door and the night-long warmth of the bed you’re still in. It felt magical, spiritual in the way a rainbow feels, but a rainbow that only you can see.

For the last couple of years I have been waking up with headaches. The stress of readjusting to America, to health problems, to family problems, to a new job and a new city— it all has tightened the screw a bit, and I have found myself waking up in pain with jaw clenched and head strained as if bracing myself for reentry. However, in the last few months, these things, like the weather, have eased up. New friends, new opportunities, new love, new seasons have brought joy and a bit of feverish excitement as I see things unfolding.

You wonder sometimes if this happiness that is growing will last, will be enough. If, despite the obstacles, this happiness can makes its way to those truly deep places in the shadows of your heart.

I have been unsure of new happiness. Maybe you feel that way, too. But then you have a dream only your soul could create. As if your soul is saying, “Look! That happiness you’ve been feeling. It made it all the way down here!” It made it’s way to your heart, and now you are laughing yourself awake. 


  1. Love it! And hey, welcome back. :)

  2. YES. The only time to experience happiness is RIGHT NOW, in this moment. We can’t live on the joy of the past, or spin our wheels trying to figure out how to create joy in the future. Be happy now. I love it.

    So glad you’ve found yourself waking up to laughter. Also, I’m glad you blogged. I still read. :)

  3. Giggly wonderous my friend! I woke up singing a song once and that was equally magical and shocking. Joy and happiness can be intimidating. I love that laughter was your bridge to the world today!

  4. Dear, precious Brent! So happy for you that your stress is lessening and that you’ve new love! Nice to read you again. YES, I recently woke myself laughing, and I think it was the first time ever. It must have been rooted in my joy of my grand-twins! My heart is so full and I am so blessed :)

Leave a Reply