Laugh Off What You KNOW You Don’t Know

We can often experience life situations where we do not know what we are doing and where both you and others know that there is a not knowing.

Therefore it can be said that there is actually a KNOWING of not knowing which can often be uplifted by humorous laughter.

As an example, many years ago I found myself with a close girl friend who I lived sitting at our dining room table.

I recall it being a Sunday and both of us were somewhat a little stuck with our life situation in that we were both working hard and trying to find our “place” in life.

As it was Sunday, my friend had made no social plans hence had nothing to do and seemed a bit lost, and I was going to see someone about doing something I really had no experience of and didn’t want to see them but thought it may lead to some paid work.

I knew by her expression that she had no idea what she would be doing over the next few hours and by the look on my face I think she realised that I had no idea what I would be doing at my meeting and we both simultaneously laughed and at each other which created a spacious relief and made everything OK.

On a personal note to my friend, I hope you are enjoying life and perhaps someday our paths may cross again.

Here is a humorous and uplifting story about someone that you may have heard about which conveys the value of laughter in not knowing situations.

Albert Einstein was once travelling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger.

When he came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He couldn’t find his ticket, so he reached in his trouser pockets. It wasn’t there, so he looked in his briefcase but couldn’t find it. Then he looked in the seat beside him.

He still couldn’t find it.

The conductor said, ‘Dr. Einstein, I know who you are. We all know who you are. I’m sure you bought a ticket. Don’t worry about it.’

Einstein nodded appreciatively.

The conductor continued down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his seat for his ticket.

The conductor rushed back and said, ‘Dr. Einstein, Dr. Einstein, don’t worry, I know who you are. No problem. You don’t need a ticket. I’m sure you bought one.’

Einstein looked at him and said, ‘Young man, I too, know who I am. What I don’t know is where I’m going. That’s why I am searching for my ticket.’

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