18Lighten Up Without Letting Down

A keen sense of humor helps us to overlookthe unbecoming, understand the unconventional,tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected,and outlast the unbearable.


Jonas comes tiptoeing into the bedroom at midnight after finishing his moonlighting job at The Ball Park at Arlington. Although he pulls a day job as an accountant, his second job contributes to the fun in his life—by including free admission to all the Texas Ranger games. His friend Bo, as a small business owner and equipment supplier to the team, hangs around with him to watch the game after the work’s done.

Already asleep at midnight, Jonas’s wife wakes up to ask him, “How was the game?”

“You wouldn’t believe it if I told you. Just ...

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