“The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it” Bill Nye
As we all go about our daily lives, we often take things much more seriously than we really should. For many, when it comes to the professional side of things, it’s as if every day is life or death. I, like many of you, can be considered pretty competitive. Yes, at times, I actually can become a little intense. One day after a particularly tough (aka intense) day, a good friend of mine pulled me aside and told me, “you ain’t no heart surgeon, and you ain’t saving lives here, so you better learn to laugh at yourself and this job”. He also told me that the best way to start the week is with a good laugh.
Laughter is an instant vacation. Laughter is inner jogging. Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
Somebody famous once said that “at the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities”.
So in an effort to start off my week and hopefully yours with a chuckle, I am sharing with you one of my favorite salesman jokes. Enjoy and here’s to new possibilities!
When a young salesman met his untimely end, he was informed that he had a choice about where he would spend his eternity: Heaven or Hell. He was allowed to visit both places, and then make his decision afterwards.
“I’ll see Heaven first,” said the salesman, and an angel led through the gates on a private tour. Inside it was very peaceful and serene, and all the people there were playing harps and eating grapes. It looked very nice, but the salesman was not about to make a decision that could very well condemn him to a life of musical produce.
“Can I see Hell now?” he asked. The angel pointed him to the elevator, and he went down to the Basement where he was greeted by one of Satan’s loyal followers. For the next half hour, the salesman was led through a tour of what appeared to be the best night clubs he’d ever seen. People were partying loudly, and having a, if you’ll pardon the expression, Hell of a time.
When the tour ended, he was sent back up where the angel asked him if he had reached a final decision.
“Yes, I have,” he replied. “As great as Heaven looks and all, I have to admit that Hell was more of my kind of place. I’ve decided to spend my eternity down there.”
The salesman was sent to hell, where he was immediately thrown into a cave and was chained to a wall, and he was subjected to various tortures. “When I came down here for the tour,” he yelled with anger and pain, “I was shown a whole bunch of bars and parties and other great stuff! What happened?!”
The devil replied, “Oh, that! That was just the Sales Demo.”