This Brilliant World – Keep Your Eyes Open

Image by Tammy Labuda Photography

Image by Tammy Labuda Photography

I have this habit of constantly watching the world around me. It may be the writer side of my brain that finds human behavior so fascinating, but truth be told, I can hardly get through a day without observing something that makes me laugh, makes me shake my head, makes me sigh or swoon, or just makes me want to keep watching.

I have a particular love for the funny, though.

Take, for example, the time I was at the gym stretching in the hallway, and a man walked into the corridor, stretched his yoga mat out on the floor, then proceeded to try and kick up into a handstand, only to fall flat on his face with a rather loud OOF! He rolled around like a turtle for a minute before calmly standing, rolling up his mat, and walking away as if nothing happened.

I saw you, sir, and it made my day.

There was a rather unfortunate incident in a Target parking lot when a man got out of his car in shorts that were too short and took several…um…exposed steps before he…felt the draft?

That one scarred me.

And let’s not any of us forget Air Butt. *shudder*

Months ago, I saw a woman trip over a crack in the sidewalk as I sat at a stoplight. She then proceeded to turn and berate the sidewalk, finger wagging furiously, for several seconds. That one made me giggle.

Yesterday I watched a man in a wheelchair, with a Radio Flyer wagon tied to the back, push himself furiously across four lanes of busy traffic. It was a most impressive feat, and I watched in awe at his tenacity…and bravery.

And don’t think I’m only laughing at the expense of others. I provide ample laughter, myself. There was the time I tripped over a wire and sprawled belly first onto the sidewalk. That was fun.

Or how ’bout that time last week when I looked back over my shoulder for a split second and plowed into the corner of a grocery aisle. I liked that.

This world, man. It’s full of fun, every turn providing opportunity for a chuckle, a giggle, or a full out guffaw.

Happy Thursday, friends. Look around today, and observe all the happiness this crazy world (and the people in it) have to offer.




  1. I once turned to say goodbye to some friends and walked straight into an I-beam. Instant pounding headache. I felt better when I saw one go my pastors do the exact same thing a few weeks later. Then there was that woman posing on a rock in WA like Ariel when in came a rogue wave….I’ll have to tell you that one in person. My first thought was, “I wish Kelli was here to enjoy this with me.”

  2. candy martin says

    People watching is one of my favorite things to do. Of course I also realize that people are watching me and I have provided a great deal of humor for others! Like the time I decided to buy a 25 pound bag of dry dog food and picked it off the shelf and rested it on my shoulder, only to discover there was a hole it it and dog food started pouring out and bouncing down the aisle. “Pick up on aisle 4, please”! I am thankful there wasn’t You Tube when I was younger because I am sure many things would come back to haunt me!!!

  3. Hey Kelli: I loved the post and I know that I provide lots of good material, too. What I wonder is why we don’t take the opportunity to share those moments with the silent observing world around us. Wouldn’t we all be better for sharing a laugh at ourselves with those that are trying to hold it in?

    • Great point, Kevin! If we could all laugh at ourselves, and one another, life would be so much more fun!!! 🙂