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  • Author imageStephan Lendi

Those who laugh at themselves laugh best

In the circus of life, there is a fascinating act that only the most daring can master: the art of self-irony. In a world where ego often reigns as king, the self-deprecating soul rises like a joker, ready to giggle at its own misadventures. Because he who laughs at himself laughs best.


There are moments in life when we feel like protagonists in a tragedy. Things go wrong, plans go awry and the universe seems to be playing a joke on us. But wait! In the midst of the drama, the self-deprecating character enters the stage and says: "Well, that could only have happened to me!"


Self-irony is the soothing rain after the storm of seriousness. It allows us not to take ourselves too seriously, to break the gravity of mistakes and to burst the bubbles of pride. Because if you take yourself for a ride, it's easier to get through life's ups and downs.


Imagine you stumble in front of a full room. The self-deprecating reaction is not to get up frantically and pretend that nothing has happened. No, it's: "Well, that was my attempt to outwit gravity. Obviously it won!" Suddenly, not only the others are laughing, but you are laughing at the comedy of the moment.


Self-irony is like a protective shield against the arrows of life. Instead of being hurt by criticism or mistakes, the self-deprecating person raises the shield of irony and disarms the sharpness of the situation. It is a form of self-empowerment that shows that we are aware of our imperfections and can still be amused by them.


In a world where perfection is often the benchmark, the ability to be self-deprecating is a refreshing departure from the norm. It's like the tickle in the funny bone that reminds us that life doesn't always follow the script. Those who laugh at themselves have the power to turn every tragedy into a comedy and every mistake into an anecdote.


So, in the midst of life's serious acts, let's put on the circus hat of self-irony and bring a smile to the stage. Because those who laugh at themselves laugh best - a truly royal gift of lightness in the heaviness of life.


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