Some days can be as frustrating as trying to eat a bowl of soup with a fork. The key is to try to find the humor in it and move on.

I had an odd day today. Other than dealing with a few strange situations, I also found the answer to that old joke of “how many people does it take to screw in a lightbulb”. In my case it was really, “how many people does it take to remove and screw in a dental light bulb?”

You know that light in the dental chair that the dentist uses to illuminate so they can see clearly in your mouth? Yes, that one. Dealing with a simple light bulb change took up the better half of my day.

I will explain this silly scenario. The bulb went out and it was the first time anyone at the office has ever had to change it.

Long story short, removing the bulb was not as easy as imagined and I ended up having to dissasemble the entire fixture and still could not get to the bulb to remove it.

After many attempts by myself, the staff and 2 technicians on the phone, we still could not get the bulb out.

How many people does it take to change a dental bulb? Two dentists, two assistants, one random window washer (don’t ask), one dental chair repairman on the phone walking me through the process, and one tech support guy from the chair’s manufacturer.

I even sent cell phone pictures of the offending bulb to the repairmen showing them the problem. In the end, all of us put together could not solve the problem. We will all try again tomorrow. Seriously, I am not making this up. This was a chunk of my day.

Here is the picture of the bulb that mankind cannot remove. Doesn’t it look so innocent and easy to take off? Don’t be fooled.

As I sat there at lunch eating my soup with a fork, (yes this actually happened too. I forgot my spoon, ate the chunky parts with a fork and drank the rest) and stared at my hands that were sore from trying to use a wrench to remove the bulb, I began to laugh to myself. I was able to find humor in this otherwise difficult day.

I turned a potentially stressful situation that would make anyone frustrated into something laughable.

What is the point of my light bulb saga? Humor is all around us if we are willing to look past the potential drama and see it.

Look for the humor, especially in ridiculous situations and it can turn your whole day around.

I will never forget the time I was sitting on the plane waiting for 3 hours on the runway for take off. We were all frustrated, and upset.

Many of us including my friend and I were worried we were going to miss our connecting flight because we were delayed for so long.

Suddenly the pilot gets on the intercom and says, “Due to the weather in New York we are going to have to take a different flight pattern and we may have enough fuel to get there with the new flight pattern but I don’t want to take the chance so we are probably going to go back to the gate to get more fuel”.

None of us could believe it and the entire plane erupted in laughter. We were able to find hilarity in the fact that the pilot ( who was not joking at all by the way) spoke so nonchalantly about the possibility of running out of fuel mid-air. It was insanity, but at the same time, I have never laughed so hard.

Whatever day you are having, if you can find a little humor in it, you will be a happier person. If we let things get too serious and forget to laugh, then what is the point?

If you can manage to laugh especially in the middle of a difficult day, it will make you stronger and you will live longer. Laughter really is the best medicine.

Now as for me and the light bulb debacle, it shall continue tomorrow. Really, there is something seriously wrong with this thing. I fix things all the time around the house. I also know how to turn things counterclockwise. Lefty loosey, righty tighty did not help me today. Oh well…

Caroline

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